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.
Architecture Prof: Are Mega-Event Investments Worth it?
by Fernando Luiz Lara June 2014
You will see a lot of Brazil during the next few weeks while the FIFA World Cup happens in 12 cities. And beyond soccer matches you will see both good and bad images, parties and protests. People there are asking hard questions about the legacy of mega-events such as World Cup, and we should too.
Rec Department Rejects U.S. Cellular Donation, Park Use
by Craig Sauer Special to the Daily Register June 2014
The city's Parks and Recreation Board will turn away a $2,000 donation from U.S. Cellular. The cell phone company sought to run events at two city parks throughout July and August in exchange for the donation to the parks.