• Student Fees Fund College Sports

    by Janel Davis November 2015

    In the South, football --- particularly college football --- is almost more American than apple pie. The pageantry of the game and the surrounding events, from pre-game tailgating to the post-game performance of the school song, have become an almost required college experience. But games and teams and coaches and stadiums come with a price, and at many colleges the cost is borne by students who will never play a single down. A recent study by the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Huffington Post found that over the past five years public universities have poured more than $10.3 billion in mandatory student fees and other subsidies --- including institutional and state contributions --- into their sports programs.

  • $81K Grant Brings Athletic Fields Closer to Reality

    by The Columbus Dispatch November 2015

    An $81,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has put the city of Bexley in position to build athletic fields in the Ferndale Place/Mayfield Place neighborhood.

  • Funding Flap Forgotten as DePaul Breaks Ground on New Arena

    by Fran Spielman November 2015

    Ever since Mayor Rahm Emanuel first proposed using $55 million in tax-increment-financing funds to help finance a 10,000-seat basketball arena for DePaul University that would double as an "event center" for McCormick Place, the project has been a symbol of what critics call the mayor's misplaced priorities.

  • $1M Ice Rink Lodge Gets Community Support

    by Michelle Kearns November 2015

    The grand, new $1 million East Aurora ice rink lodge with a vaulted timber frame and stone fireplace where skaters can warm up, sip cocoa and watch hockey has been almost, but not quite, ready for weeks. Even though the official opening isn't until next Friday, the curious come to Riley Street anyway. They wander from the outdoor "Healthy Zone Rink" next door and peer in the windows. Some even step around construction clutter and climb the stairs with wrought iron balustrades to look out from the second-floor viewing loft and take in the Aurora Ice Association's warm tribute to its cold sport. "I was in awe," said Samantha Pilote. She's grown used to bundling up in insulated snowmobile clothes to watch her figure-skating daughter and hockey-playing son. Now, she'll have a homier, cozier spot to watch her children on the ice. "It was more beautiful than I would have anticipated."

  • Jersey Sale Raises $101K for South Carolina Flood Relief

    by November 2015

    Leonard Fournette s gesture will result in a six-figure donation toward flood relief efforts in South Carolina. The auction of the LSU star s jersey from the USC game was completed Monday, and in the final hours the bidding soared to a final price of $101,000. The bidding opened Saturday at $7,000 for a package that included Fournette s jersey from the 45-24 victory and helmets from the game signed by LSU head coach Les Miles and former South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier, who resigned three days later.

  • New Rays Stadium Would Need $7M Tourist Tax Boost

    by Steven Girardi November 2015

    With expectations that the new city council will break a yearlong impasse regarding the Tampa Bay Rays stadium lease, the next stop will be the Pinellas County Commission. The commission controls the tourist tax money the city would need for a new ballpark should the Rays, after searching Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, decide to stay in St. Petersburg. The next obvious thing is how to assemble some kind of a public-private financing to put a deal together, council member Karl Nurse said. And the county commission has to be involved in that conversation. Although the city may choose to let the Rays look around, the council and Mayor Rick Kriseman have said they want to keep the team somewhere in St. Pe

  • U. of Tampa Kicks Off $150M Development Campaign

    by Anastasia Dawson November 2015

    The University of Tampa has big plans for its riverside campus in the heart of downtown Tampa, but first it hopes to bring in some money. UT President Ronald Vaughn announced plans for the largest fundraising effort in the university's 85-year history through an initiative he calls Creating Tomorrow - The Campaign for the University of Tampa. The goal is to raise $150 million for campus development by the end of 2017. That shouldn't be too hard, Vaughn said.

  • Park Set for Upgrades Thanks to $15M Gift

    by Megan Boehnke 865-342-6432 November 2015

    Construction will begin next spring to open the waterfront, create new event spaces and build additional trails at Lakeshore Park.

  • Buccaneers Seek State Funds for Stadium Upgrades

    by Christopher O'Donnell November 2015

    Add the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the scramble of Florida professional sports teams hoping to snag millions of taxpayer dollars to pretty up their stadiums. The Bucs on Monday applied for a share of a state incentive program for sports franchises just hours before the deadline to be considered during the 2016 legislative session. If approved, the team could get up to $1 million per year while it plays at Raymond James Stadium. The move comes as talks have largely stalled between the Bucs and the Tampa Sports Authority, which runs Raymond James Stadium. The team wants to make upward of $75 million of stadium renovations including upgrading scoreboards to high definition and improvements to suites and the stadium sound system.

  • Short on Donations, District to Borrow to Cover Stadium Construction

    by Nick Blizzard November 2015

    A multiuse athletic complex at Miamisburg High School is expected to break ground this month. The football stadium would replace Harmon Field. MIAMISBURG - The Miamis-burg school district plans to borrow money to jump-start what has been touted as a privately funded multimillion dollar athletic complex and may use public money to help pay for the project.