• Braves File Proposal for $662M Spring Training Complex

    by Michael Cunningham September 2015

    The Braves would move their spring training facilities from the Orlando area to St. Petersburg, Fla., in 2018 under a proposal the team recently submitted to Pinellas County officials. The Aug. 31 proposal included a letter from Braves president John Schuerholz, who wrote that the team hoped to reach an agreement to relocate to the region by the end of the year. Schuerholz said construction would begin by next year, with completion scheduled for the 2018 season. A Braves spokeswoman said the team has no comment on the proposal. The story was first reported Tuesday by The Tampa Bay Times.

  • Ohio Lawmakers Consider Prep Pay-to-Play Fees Ban

    by Jim Siegel September 2015

    In his 22 years as a head high school football coach in Ohio, state Sen. Cliff Hite's athletes never were required to pay a fee just to join the team. But he saw what happened when a rival did that. "There were a lot of young kids in Marion (Harding) that couldn't play football anymore," the Findlay Republican said. "As the opponent, you sit there and go, 'Maybe that's going to be an easy win, but is that what we're here for?' I think we should give every kid that opportunity."

  • Outdoor Plaza New Sticking Point for Bucks Arena Deal?

    by Tom Daykin, September 2015

    Tuesday's upcoming Common Council debate on whether the city should provide $47 million to help finance a new $500 million Milwaukee Bucks arena could include a clash over that development's outdoor plaza. The basketball club, and Mayor Tom Barrett's administration, want to permanently close one block of N. 4th St., between W. Highland and W. Juneau avenues. That block would be part of a public plaza between the arena and a planned entertainment center, and a big part of the city financing proposal. Sept. 15 vote But the council's Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee, in the endorsing the financing package, also recommended keeping the street open, and closing it only for basketball games and other events. Ald. Robert Bauman, who proposed the change, supports the plaza. But the city should otherwise keep the street open when events aren't occurring, he said.

  • Commission to Weigh 120-Acre Sports Complex

    by D'Ann Lawrence White September 2015

    Consultants charged with determining whether Pasco County should build its own large-scale youth sports complex near Wiregreass Ranch will present their initial findings to the Pasco County Commission at Tuesday's board meeting.

  • After 10 Years of Legal Barriers, Sports Complex Opens

    by Katie McKellar September 2015

    City officials and representatives from Real Salt Lake celebrated the grand opening of the Salt Lake City Regional Athletic Complex Friday.

  • Plans for Massive Youth Sports Complex Unveiled

    by The Colorado Springs Gazette September 2015

    A plan to build an approximately 110-acre complex is envisioned as a premier venue for sports such as baseball, soccer, softball, lacrosse and basketball that will attract youth athletes from throughout the country.

  • No Pedestrian Bridge for Braves Stadium's First Season

    by Dan Klepal September 2015

    Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee said Wednesday the county plans to pay for a bridge over I-285 to the new Braves stadium with a combination of federal transit money and special purpose sales tax revenue --- despite the bridge not being on the SPLOST project list approved by voters in November. Lee also has given up on the idea that the bridge will be ready for the Braves' opening season in 2017.

  • Land Purchase Paves Way for Miracle League Ball Field

    by Nancy Bowman September 2015

    This soybean field and buildings along Troy-Sidney Road to the north of Duke Park is part of an expansion by the city for the future site of Miracle Field for the developmentally disabled as well as other athletic fields. JIM WITMER / STAFF

  • Can Practice Facility Help Reverse Neighborhood Blight?

    by Todd Dybas, The Washington Times September 2015

    Hang a left after rising out of the Congress Heights Metro stop, walk about two blocks and cross the street. There, old meets new. Construction equipment is pawing at dry soil and temporary silver fencing surrounds parts of St. Elizabeths, the dilapidated former mental hospital, sitting in Ward 8. The city is building an arena here. Check in with the man at the makeshift booth, then walk along the outer edge of the St. Elizabeths eastern campus. Peeling paint, broken windows and wayward antennas fill what would be a perfect horror film landscape. St. Elizabeths opened in 1855 as the first federally operated psychiatric hospital, and that is what it looks like.

  • Want to Carry a Gun in a City Park? Define 'City Park'

    by Hugh G. Willett September 2015

    Guns are not allowed at the Tennessee Valley Fair at Chilhowee Park but they are permitted at World’s Fair Park, according to the city of Knoxville. The definition of a city park continues to be at the root of the controversy over whether licensed handgun carry is allowed in Knoxville parks. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said last week handgun permit holders could not carry guns at the fair at Chilhowee Park, which continues through this weekend, because the park does not meet the legal definition of a city park. Rogero also noted Chilhowee Park was not managed by the city Parks and Recreation Dept.