• Politician Responsible for Braves Move Voted Out

    by David Wickert and Meris Lutz July 2016

    Cobb County voters handed commission Chairman Tim Lee a dramatic defeat Tuesday in what some say is a referendum on his handling of the Atlanta Braves move to the suburbs. With all precincts reporting, in unofficial returns, challenger Mike Boyce won 64 percent of the vote. Lee conceded defeat in the election less than three years after he triumphantly announced the deal that lured the Braves to Cobb County. In other races, Drew Ferguson beat Mike Crane in the runoff for the 3rd Congressional District, while Vernon Jones led Rhonda Taylor in the Democratic race for state House District 91. DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton lost her bid for re-election. Cobb County

  • 49ers Fans Hope to Emulate Dolphins Stadium Detail

    by Jason Scott July 2016

    The NFL’s Miami Dolphins are adding a canopy to their stadium, part of a $400 million renovation, leaving fans of a franchise on the opposite side of the country feeling envious. 

    Levi’s Stadium opened prior to the 2014 season, and it has a number of laudable features: 68,500 seats, solid Wifi connectivity and a view of the surrounding Silicon Valley area.

  • If Dolphins Stadium Isn't Ready, U. of Miami Has Backup Plan

    by Matt Porter July 2016

    Should the Dolphins not be able to complete their renovations of New Miami Stadium on time, the Hurricanes might play their season-opener in at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. Mark Richt would take it in stride. "Some of the best recruits in the state could get to that place easier than Miami," he offered. "I'm not worried about it." UM Athletics Director Blake James is working on a contingency plan in case bad weather delays the $500-million-plus overhaul of the stadium formerly known as Sun Life, which could in turn affect Miami's Sept. 3 game against Florida A&M.

  • U.S. Bank Stadium Window Broken by Rock Thrower

    by Rochelle Olson July 2016

    Perhaps laying a bed of rocks next to a big glass house wasn't the best idea. On Wednesday morning, stadium officials - and pedestrians, as well as passersby in cars, trains and buses — could see a broken window at ground level of the newly completed, not-yet-open U.S. Bank Stadium.

  • U.S. Bank Stadium Will Be All-Purpose

    by Jeff Strickler July 2016

    If you think U.S. Bank Stadium is only for football, think again. In fact, think 990 times again. There are more than 1,000 events scheduled at the facility during the first few months, said Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which oversees the stadium. Ten of those are Vikings games, two preseason. What are all the others? Everything under the sun - or under the super-high-tech-plastic-that-passes-as-glass roof. The stadium has booked an international soccer game and big-ticket rock concerts that will draw crowds measured in the tens of thousands as well as birthday parties for groups as small as 25.

  • Georgia Dome Site May Become a Park

    by J. Scott Trubey July 2016

    The foundation of Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and the Georgia World Congress Center want to turn the Georgia Dome site into something more than parking and tailgating space for the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

  • Arena to Get New Dasher Boards

    by Daily Herald July 2016

    Rosemont's Allstate Arena will be getting new spring-loaded dasher boards around its ice surface that will better absorb the blow of hockey players completing their checks, village officials said. The village board last week accepted a $285,000 proposal for the prefabricated boards from Athletica Sport Systems, based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The old boards will be replaced and sold after arena staff makes sure the new ones work, said Pat Nagle, the arena's executive director.

  • Ice Rink Agreement Tweaked, More Time for Teams

    by Kate Ramunni July 2016

    Changes to the contract with the firm running the Louis Astorino Rink at Hamden High School mean that the school's hockey team and town league teams will have more practice time on the ice and for less money.

  • Venues Look for Winning Strategy with e-Sports

    by Paresh Dave July 2016

    As venues — and cities — contend for the growing business, the same way they skirmish over concerts and conventions, they are learning how to win over promoters and profit off gamers.

  • ASU Stadium 'Reinvention' Includes Reduction in Seating

    by Arizona Daily Star July 2016

    ASU football coach Todd Graham spoke eagerly of the "reinvention" of Sun Devil Stadium during Pac-12 Media Days last week. ASU is spending $268 million and has cut capacity from about 74,000 to 56,232. That's almost exactly the capacity of Arizona Stadium, although when Arizona begins the "reinvention" of Arizona Stadium in a few years, it's likely capacity will be reduced to about 48,000. The downsizing of stadiums is a reflection on the times; younger people aren't as interested in college football as they were 20 and 30 years ago. Late starting times peel away thousands of potential ticket-buyers.