UNH President Defends Plans for Stadium Expense
by John DiStaso February 2014
$25 million: But Gov. Hassan's spokesman said the governor questioned whether it was "the best use of limited resources." DURHAM -- University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston said Tuesday the university plans to pay the projected $25 million cost of a major renovation of its outdoor athletic complex through borrowing and private fund-raising, and he stressed that it will have no effect on student tuition. Huddleston told the New Hampshire Union Leader in an interview that his prime goal is the same as that of Gov. Maggie Hassan and several top state lawmakers who questioned the stadium financing plan on Monday. That goal is, Huddleston said, to keep tuition as low as possible. "State dollars are not implicated here at all," he said. "Every state dollar that we get goes to exactly the purpose that we talk to the state about, and that is to buy down the cost of tuition for New Hampshire resident students. It goes into scholarship aid and other direct costs of educating New Hampshire kids."
Parking Near Spring Training Stadium No Longer Free
by Bill DiPaolo Palm Beach Post Staff Writer February 2014
There will be no more free parking for spring training games in the four-story parking garage across from Roger Dean Stadium when the Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals start playing later this month.
Tourism Board: Military Bowl Had $1M Economic Impact
by JACK LAMBERT firstname.lastname@example.org February 2014
The Military Bowl had an economic impact of $1 million on Anne Arundel County, according to the county's tourism board. The Dec. 27 game between the University of Maryland and Marshall University brought more than 30,000 fans to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in the Military Bowl's first year in Annapolis. The game was previously held at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Firm Seeks to Build $225M Arena Without Public Funds
by Kathy Adams, The Virginian-Pilot February 2014
By Kathy Adams | The Virginian-Pilot RICHMOND A Virginia Beach development company expected to submit a proposal to build an entertainment and sports arena near the Oceanfront will not ask for public funding. The proposal from The ESG Cos., expected to come within the next two weeks, will call for building the arena with private financing and likely with backing from partners overseas, Virginia Beach Del. Ron Villanueva said. An 18,000-seat facility, envisioned to house sporting events, religious conferences and shows, will cost about $225 million to build, city lobbyist Bob Matthias said.
Taxpayers to Be Updated on Braves Stadium Progress
by Dan Klepal; Staff February 2014
Cobb County political leaders, who last year kept secret for months their negotiations to build the Atlanta Braves a new stadium in the Cumberland area, on Friday released a plan to keep the public informed about the construction, expenses and effects of building the $672 million ballpark over the next three years.
Inside U. of Minnesota's Facilities Fundraising Philosophy
by DENNIS BRACKIN; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE January 2014
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and athletic director Norwood Teague approached the state's unofficial Mr. Hockey and school alum Lou Nanne late last year about becoming involved in the $190 million athletic facilities fundraising campaign. "I said, 'Definitely. I'd certainly love to be on your committee,' " Nanne responded. Kaler and Teague told him they had bigger plans, asking Nanne to chair the campaign. Nanne reiterated his desire to be a committee member, only. The university officials persisted, and ultimately prevailed, thanks in part to Nanne's memories of his grandfather. "My grandfather used to have a word where, when I'd screw around and do things I shouldn't be doing, he'd say, 'Basta.' B-A-S-T-A. That's the Italian word for enough," Nanne said. "Enough. I thought of that when they asked me. I said, 'You know, I've had enough.' I've had enough of hearing that the University of Minnesota can't compete. I've had enough of hearing the University of Minnesota can't recruit. I've had enough of hearing all these reasons why other places are going to succeed and we can't."
WVU Earmarks $50M for Major Facility Improvements
by Mitch Vingle January 2014
West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck has many projects on his desk. And he's ready to start clearing many of them. On Thursday, Luck told me his department is set to take out a multi-million-dollar bond to work on facilities such as Milan Puskar Stadium, the Coliseum and other venues. "We've sat down with the folks downtown [in WVU's finance department]," Luck said. "We've looked ahead 12 years, which is the length of the Big 12 grant-of-rights [media contract].
In Maine, Schools Turn to Co-Ops to Save Prep Hockey
by Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff January 2014
Maine high school hockey has grown dramatically since the 1970s, but a sluggish economy and the sport's high expense have forced several schools to form cooperative teams so their players have the opportunity to play. "In order to survive, people do things they never thought they would have to do," said Dick Durost, executive director of the Maine Principals' Association. "In some cases, co-op teams are the only ways schools can continue to offer hockey." Durost praised the MPA's ice hockey and management committees for "waiving a lot of rules pertaining to co-op teams" to allow schools to offer their student-athletes an opportunity to play hockey. The Old Town-Orono Black Bears became the 12th co-op team this season among 42 in schoolboy hockey.
Foundation Gives Youth Football in Maine $250K Boost
by Super User January 2014
The Harold Alfond Foundation has made a $250,000 grant to the Maine Chapter of the National Football Foundation to support youth and amateur football in Maine.
Notre Dame, Under Armour Ink Unprecedented $90M Deal
by Michael Gaio January 2014