• Texas A&M OKs $68M for New Track, Softball Stadiums

    by Stuart Goldman April 2016

    The Texas A&M Board of Regents approved new stadiums for the track and field and softball teams Wednesday that will cost a combined $68 million.

  • $4.3M in Player-Friendly Upgrades Coming to Hockey Arena

    by Brian Johnson April 2016

    Mariucci Arena hasn’t yet seen its 23rd birthday, but University of Minnesota athletics officials say the home of men’s hockey has fallen behind peer venues when it comes to player-friendly features. That’s part of the impetus for a privately funded $4.3 million project that will expand and improve locker, equipment and training areas, and add a team lounge and video room to the 10,000-seat arena at 1901 Fourth St. SE on the U of M’s East Bank. The site is being prepped for construction, which is expected to wrap up by September. The arena’s new team area will almost double in size from the existing 6,248 square feet to nearly 12,000 square feet, the U of M said.

  • $3.2M Upgrade May Bring AHL Franchise to Tucson

    by Becky Pallack April 2016

    Rio Nuevo will put $3.2 million into getting the downtown arena ready for a pro hockey team before the season starts in October. The thumbs-up from the Rio Nuevo board Tuesday afternoon was one of three key approvals needed by the NHL's Arizona Coyotes to bring an American Hockey League team to Tucson. The team is seeking approval from the AHL governing board on May 10 to complete the purchase of the Springfield, Massachusetts, team.

  • Bill Would Keep 'Mile High' in Broncos' Stadium Name

    by Joey Bunch April 2016

    A bipartisan bill introduced into the Colorado legislature Tuesday afternoon would ensure the name "Mile High" lives on forever, regardless of other naming deals for the Denver Broncos' stadium.

  • Stadiums Catching Up on Foul-Ball Safety Front

    by April 2016

    A 2014 study by Bloomberg News found that about 1,750 people per year are injured by foul balls at Major League Baseball games. Studies show that there are about 46 foul balls per MLB game, and one estimate says that more than 50,000 foul balls go into the seats at MLB games each year.

  • Youth Football Organization Mulls Small Florida Stadium

    by Brent Batten April 2016

    The latest big idea for sports tourism in Collier County involves thinking small. All American Games, the outfit that puts on the Football University National Championship tournament for middle school players, is floating an idea for a stadium in Collier County to serve as the permanent home for the event. What Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is to Little League Baseball and Portland, Oregon, is to Little League softball, Naples would be to youth football, in the vision laid out by Doug Berman, president of the company.

  • City of Akron Wants Decaying Stadium Demolished

    by Rick Armon April 2016

    Nearly three years after a Canton company bought the Rubber Bowl with grandiose plans to breathe new life into it, the former University of Akron football stadium remains vacant and decaying.

  • Penn State Leaning Toward Stadium Renovation

    by Mike Gross April 2016

    Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour admitted a final decision hasn't been made, but, she said, "it's very, very clear to me from the analysis that's been done ... that renovation is the direction that we need to head in."

  • San Diego Chargers Unveil Drawings for New Stadium

    by Stuart Goldman April 2016

    The San Diego Chargers, who were in serious negotiations to relocate to Los Angeles with the Oakland Raiders and share a stadium, released renderings of a proposed $1.8 billion stadium and convention center expansion in San Diego.

  • Old Dominion Rejects Unsolicited Stadium Proposal

    by Harry Minium April 2016

    Old Dominion University has rejected Stephen Ballard's proposal to build a 25,000-seat football stadium without reviewing his unsolicited bid, saying the timing isn't right for such a public-private venture.