• Board Approves Raising $600K for UTC Stadium Turf

    by David Paschall June 2014

    Finley Stadium's board of directors continued to firm up plans for a new football field during Tuesday's meeting. Executive director Paul Smith already is targeting a field further down the road. Stadium Corp. members voted for a $600,000 two-year fundraising initiative that could lead to the installation of a new surface by kickoff of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's 2015 football season. Mike Davis oversees capital projects at the 20,668-seat facility and made the motion, which was quickly approved and had the resounding support of board chairman Bryan Patten. "It's an ambitious undertaking," Patten said. "The depreciation of Finley Stadium is largely unfunded. We're almost 18 years old, and stadiums have lives of about 40 years. We have a fabulous facility, and we're trying to recognize the quality of what we have with this two-year fundraising effort.

  • State Grant of $1M to Speed Development of City Park

    by Claudia Boyd-Barrett Special to The Star June 2014

    A community effort to create a public park in Ventura’s Westside neighborhood has moved one big step closer to reality with help from a $1 million state grant.

  • Florida Offers Pro Stadiums More Public Funding Options

    by Christine Stapleton and Joe Capozzi Palm Beach Post Staff Writers June 2014

    Palm Beach County's effort to build a two-team spring training stadium got a boost Friday from Gov. Rick Scott's signing of a bill meant to help professional sports organizations, including soccer and NASCAR, get access to public money to pay for building new stadiums or upgrading current ones. But the stadium bill (HB 7095), which sweetens the existing financing options for constructing spring training stadiums, might not be enough to build the kind of facility the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals want. The county still is waiting to hear back from the teams after telling them in May they need to reduce their preliminary $141 million cost for a stadium in West Palm Beach. The measure was one of 57 bill signings Scott announced Friday.

  • Legislators Lift Private Funding Mandate for ODU Stadium

    by Harry Minium June 2014

    By Harry Minium The Virginian-Pilot The General Assembly will not require Old Dominion to build a new football stadium entirely with private funds after all. A provision of the Virginia Senate budget that would have required ODU to fund a stadium privately was dropped from the budget adopted last week by the Senate and House of Delegates.

  • Teens' 'Undark the Park' Campaign Nets $365K in Lighting

    by David O'Reilly; Inquirer Staff Writer June 2014

    The nights will last longer this summer in a corner of Camden's Cramer Hill section, and will linger, too, when fall comes, and even into the cold of winter.

  • Naming Rights Deal Would Give School Synthetic Turf

    by Bill DiPaolo, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer June 2014

    Spending $370,000 to install artificial turf by the fall at Jupiter High School's athletic field is up for final approval at tonight's council meeting. "New turf will turn a complete embarrassment of a field into a facility that the community can be proud of," said Councilman Todd Wodraska, a 1989 graduate of Jupiter High who played football on the field.

  • Record Fundraising Success Means Y Access for 1,600

    by Paul Swiech June 2014

    BLOOMINGTON — As many as 1,600 people who can't afford membership to the Bloomington-Normal YMCA may have access to Y programs after a record amount of money was raised in the 2014 Strong Kids campaign.

  • Business Owners, Residents Rally Around Stadium Plan

    by GRAHAM MOOMAW June 2014

    Efforts to resurrect the plan for a new baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom got a boost Wednesday as a group of Shockoe business owners and residents held a news conference calling for the project to move forward. About 30 people stood behind a podium in front of C'est Le Vin wine bar on North 17th Street as neighborhood leader David Napier said the project would be a boon to the Shockoe area. "If you don't want to understand it, you can always say it's too complicated for me to understand," said Napier, president of the Shockoe Bottom Neighborhood Association. "But I think we've got smart-enough people on council that most of them will feel comfortable with this project once it's fully presented to them."

  • Progress Slows on Proposed Sprawling Sports Complex

    by Katlyn Smith June 2014

    You live in Hanover Park, but you identify more closely with the bedroom community's neighbors. That's the dynamic that's troubling village officials in their new strategic plan, a blueprint for the next three years.

  • Falcons Stadium Bond Faces New Challenge by Residents

    by Katie Leslie; Staff June 2014

    A group of English Avenue and Vine City residents are appealing a Fulton County Superior Court judge's approval of Atlanta's plans to partially finance the new Falcons stadium.