Investor John Ingram and his team released the first renderings, drawn up by HOK architects, of a proposed Major League Soccer stadium for Nashville. Music City has seen success hosting MLS games at the existing Nissan Stadium. The initial design for the new stadium makes room for 30,000 seats.
- by Andy Berg
- August 2017
The Oakland A’s have finally found a new home.
After nearly 50 years of playing at the Oakland Coliseum, the Bay Area MLB team has settled on a 13-acre plot of land near Laney College where it hopes to build a privately financed $500 million stadium.read more
A Florida legislator is pursuing laws that would significantly curtail public assistance for franchise stadium developments in the state.
House Bill 13, introduced by Rep. Bryan Avila (R), would ban the building or renovation of stadiums on public lands, while House Bill 6005 would nix a program that set aside state funds for stadium projects.
In HB 6005, Avila is proposing legislation that would do away with a program sponsored by Sen. Jack Latvala (R) and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in 2014. The program offers $13 million a year for stadium projects. A number of facilities, including EverBank Field in Jacksonville and Daytona International Speedway, have been approved to receive assistance from the fund, but legislators in the House have blocked disbursement of the money.
Chris Hudson, director of Americans for Prosperity in Florida, questioned the program in a statement. “Why should taxpayers foot the bill for billionaire sports owners who want to expand their facilities?” Hudson said.
According to News4Jax.com, HB 13 was filed for the 2018 legislative session, which is scheduled to begin in January.read more
According to a report from the Fresno Bee, Fresno State may have to delay a planned renovation of Bulldog Stadium due to cracks in the seating and walkway areas. The grand reopening of the facility was scheduled for 2019, but a new timeline could push that date out to 2020 or 2021.
Athletic director Jim Bartko called the cracks in the foundation the “100-pound gorilla,” noting that plans for the renovation are set, naming rights have been secured, and donations for the revamp are already coming in. “But we have to determine is it just the west side, or do we need to do it over a two-year span?”
The cracking foundation won’t have any affect on the 2017 football season, and the Bee reports that the a fix could be as simple as patching the cracks. That said, concerns remain that the entire facility may have to be torn down and rebuilt, which would cost a lot more than the $60 million renovation currently under consideration.
Bartko says that Fresno State’s fundraising efforts have already secured $15 million for the project.read more