• Atlanta's New Stadiums Focus on Fans in Different Ways

    by Tim Tucker; Staff June 2014

    Seats that would vibrate with each hard hit on the field didn't make the final cut. But a 100-yard-long bar and a fantasy football lounge did make it, along with a roof that is supposed to open and close in about seven minutes. The Falcons last week received complete design drawings from their architects for the team's downtown stadium, a milestone in the transition from the planning to building phases of the project. The Braves, meanwhile, said their architects continue to refine the design and amenities of the team's planned Cobb County stadium, with particular emphasis on the connection between the ballpark and an adjacent entertainment complex. Both stadiums are scheduled to open in the spring of 2017, if all goes as planned. Both teams vow the venues will significantly change the fan experience, albeit in different ways.

  • Redskins' Sponsors Quiet in Wake of Trademark Ruling

    by Josh Peter, @joshpeter11 June 2014

    A day after the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled the Washington Redskins' nickname is disparaging to Native Americans, the team's corporate sponsors largely remained on the sidelines. Only Harris Teeter, a grocery chain with stores primarily in the South, took a stance -- supporting team owner Daniel Snyder and his vow to keep the Redskins' nickname. FedEx, the company whose name is most closely tied to the Redskins because it owns the stadium's naming rights -- the team plays at FedExField -- distanced itself from the legal proceedings rather than the team's use of the nickname.

  • Inside Minnesota's Successful Bid for 2018 Super Bowl

    by ROCHELLE OLSON, Minneapolis Star Tribune June 2014

    Atlanta - Minneapolis' stadium-trumpeting pitch triumphed over party magnet New Orleans and earnest Indianapolis to win the 2018 Super Bowl. Minneapolis' theme, "Built for the Bold," emphasized the new $1 billion Vikings stadium under construction and the state's friendly ethos. When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the victor after the 32 NFL team owners' fourth ballot, raucous cheers and shouts of "We did it!" from Minnesotans reverberated in the hallways of the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta's upscale Buckhead neighborhood, where the high-stakes drama played out.

  • Small Private College Hoping Sports Boost Enrollment

    by Jay Tokasz; News Staff Reporter June 2014

    Villa Maria, the small Catholic commuter college located on the Cheektowaga-Buffalo border, has big plans for its future, including adding intercollegiate sports and potentially building dormitories on campus.

  • Allowing Concessions Stand at Complex to Net City $26K

    by Jeff Rosenfield; Gazette correspondent June 2014

    For more than a dozen years, the Eddie C. Moore complex has hosted a number of major softball tournaments, including the popular USF Series. The facility also is home to dozens of recreational leagues, annually attracting thousands of players and spectators to 2780 Drew St. With that in mind, the city council consented last week to allow a concession stand on the property.

  • Newly Renovated Arena Scores $2.5M Naming Rights Deal

    by Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) June 2014

    PORTLAND -- The Cumberland County Civic Center will be renamed the Cross Insurance Arena. Cross Insurance announced on Wednesday that it has bought the naming rights of the 7,000 seat Portland arena for $2.5 million. The company will hold the naming rights for 10 years. The arena, which is home to the Portland Pirates hockey team, reopened in February after a 15-month long renovation project. The renovated venue features expanded concessions, locker rooms and luxury suites and upgraded security. The insurance agency, a subsidiary of the Cross Financial Corp., also owns the naming rights for the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor under a 15-year agreement.

  • Bills' Stadium Beer Sales Plan Goes Flat in Legislature

    by Tom Precious; News Albany Bureau chief June 2014

    At a time when a $130 million renovation of Ralph Wilson Stadium is underway, including new concession areas, the team and Ryan, D-Buffalo, had said the measure was intended to get more people into the stadium earlier.

  • Four Steps to Link Sponsorships to LEED Certification

    by Dr. Lana Huberty June 2014

    Athletic facility managers have made a commitment to green design, sustainability and reducing their facilities' overall environmental impact despite shrinking resources. Often, these environmental initiatives include a facility achieving LEED certification. In a time of limited funds, facility managers are exploring new ways to offset this investment. Along with traditional revenue streams such as ticketing and membership sales, some facility managers are utilizing sponsorship sales. Due to the relative newness of LEED certification in sports venues, there is little experience and shared knowledge on how to use LEED certification to entice sponsorships and generate revenue.

  • FAU Makes Stadium Pitch for Beckham's Soccer Team

    by Joe Capozzi, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer June 2014

    David Beckham's new Major League Soccer franchise setting up home in Palm Beach County? It's an extreme long shot, Palm Beach County sports officials concede, but they are still hoping to "bend it like Beckham" in their bid for the English football icon to have his soccer team play at Florida Atlantic University's stadium in Boca Raton.

  • Family Would Rather Own, Run Stadium Than Buy Bills

    by Tom Precious and Robert J. McCarthy June 2014

    The Jacobs family will not pursue an ownership interest in the Buffalo Bills, but is looking at operating and owning at least part of a new stadium for the team, The Buffalo News has learned.