• County Hopes Sports Complex Will Bring Tourism Dollars

    by Jason Scott May 2016

    Unlike its neighboring Florida counties, Seminole County does not have a theme park to draw tourists, but come Friday, when the ribbon is cut on a $27 million sports complex, the county can tap into another lucrative form of tourism – sports tourism.

  • Voters Approve 12,000-Seat HS Football Stadium

    by AB Staff May 2016

    Voters in a North Texas school district have approved a bond issue that includes $50 million to build a 12,000-seat high school football stadium. Saturday’s vote came on a $220 million bond issue for the McKinney Independent School District, which is about 20 miles north of Dallas. More than $11 million left from a 2000 bond election in the district will help fund site preparation, infrastructure upgrades and other work. McKinney had just one high school in 1962 when the district built its current 7,000-seat stadium. The districtnow has more than 24,500 students.

  • Town May Step In to Save Powder-Puff Game

    by Joe Capozzi and Sonja Isger May 2016

    If Jupiter town leaders get their way, the annual tackle powder-puff game at Jupiter High School will be played this year, after all. Reacting to community outcry about the school principal's decision to sack the game because of safety concerns for the girls, town officials are working on a plan to continue the 50-year tradition without interruption. The junior versus senior girls' football game, which boosters say is the last tackle powder-puff game in the country, would still be played under the lights on the high school field, but with one difference: The town would host the event as a town function, essentially freeing the school district of liability.

  • Council to Consider $21M Baseball Complex

    by Dan McKay May 2016

    City Council President Dan Lewis has watched plenty of Albuquerque families travel to baseball tournaments in Arizona, Colorado and Texas. But a $21 million project going before city councilors this month aims to reverse that practice. The council is discussing whether to set aside money in next year's operating budget to help build a complex of five baseball and softball fields on the West Side, near the new Albuquerque Public Schools football stadium. The goal is to draw "baseball families" to New Mexico for tournaments and offer a competitive place to play for local teams.

  • Commission Plan Calls for $15M in Recreation Upgrades

    by William Kelly May 2016

    The plan calls for a new, larger building with more facilities, a larger playground and expanded parking. Tennis facilities would be upgraded, and the soccer field would be moved 40 feet to the west of the property to accommodate the parking expansion.

  • Board Approves Funds for Athletic Facility

    by Thomas Doohan May 2016

    Progress continues with Norwayne's multipurpose athletic facility, with board members approving payments for two remaining elements. The payments were made to ERS for radiant panel insulation and H&H for low energy, high output lighting. Both elements are being paid for by the Romich Foundation in the amount, respectively, of $9,218 and $6,237.60.

  • Soccer Boom Leaves County Searching for Space

    by Charmaine Smith-Miles May 2016

    Gary Greenwood, president of the Clemson-Anderson Soccer Alliance, told the Anderson County Council at its Tuesday meeting Anderson County is running out of space for children to play soccer as the sport is exploding in popularity here and across the nation.

  • Political and Economic Woes Plague Brazil Olympics

    by Eraldo Peres May 2016

    Brazil's embattled President Dilma Rousseff ignited the Olympic flame Tuesday, as a nationwide torch relay got underway with protests highlighting the country's deep political and economic crisis.

  • Proposed Stadium Concerns State Park Group

    by Kate Ramunni May 2016

    The prospect of an athletic stadium nearly across the street from Sleeping Giant State Park has raised concerns of the Sleeping Giant Park Association. Representatives from the association voiced those concerns last week at the start of the public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission on Quinnipiac University's application for the reconstruction of two existing fields and the construction of stadium seating, as well as locker facilities, around the fields.

  • City Seeks Input for Park Improvements

    by Becky Pallack May 2016

    Look past the patches of brown grass and the peeling paint and imagine a beautiful and fun Kennedy Park. The city of Tucson wants help compiling a wish list for the park