Facilities: Stadium & Arena
- New Standards of Environmental Accountability in Sports Venues
by Courtney Cameron June 2017
Developing technologies are rapidly increasing the potential for green energy production and resource preservation, creating a higher standard of operational efficiency for organizations that conduct their business in the public eye. Through the implementation of cross-league green sports initiatives, LEED building standards and cutting-edge green technologies, the sports industry has signaled its willingness to make a change for the better — and for the good of the environment.
- Mizzou Arena Joyride Causes $100K in Damage
by Andy Berg June 2017
A Columbia, Mo., man faces felony charges Monday after taking a joyride through the University of Missouri's Mizzou Arena early Sunday morning.
According to a report from St. Louis Post Dispatch, Nathaniel Conant, 23, drove his Volkswagen Passat through Mizzou Arena, causing an estimated $100,000 worth of damage.
If you ever wanted to know what Mizzou Arena press gate looked like after a Passat drives through it ... pic.twitter.com/GfxQYNBSOl— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) June 26, 2017
Conant turned himself in early Sunday evening and was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary and first-degree property damage. He posted $4,500 bond for the burglary charge and $6,000 for the property damage charge.
Conant reportedly drove through a closed gate on the south side of the arena, plowing through a garage door and dock area. In the process, he damaged several golf carts and also drove his car onto the basketball court.
Mizzou Arena opened in 2004 and has a capacity of 15,061.
- Duke Venue Takes Top Safety and Security Honor
by Andy Berg June 2017
Duke University’s Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium will receive NCS4’s top honor for the venue’s excellence in safety and security.
According to a press release, NCS4 has recognized 10 facilities with the award, which commends facilities for leadership in addressing safety and security issues. Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium is one of three NCAA football facilities to receive the award. The other two NCAA facilities are Vaught Hemingway Stadium (Ole Miss) and Ryan Field (Northwestern).
“The Facility of Merit Award is to allow professional leagues, NCAA member institutions and marathon and endurance organizations to honor outstanding facilities that have gone above and beyond for their sports safety and security,” said NCS4 Director Dr. Lou Marciani, in a statement. “These contributions involve enhancing safety and security at their venue beyond what is normally required, and setting an example for other facilities to follow.”
Duke representatives will formally accept the award at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition on July 11-13 in Orlando, Fla.
- Arkansas State Stadium Expansion to Feature Waterfalls
by Paul Steinbach June 2017
Waterfalls as sports facility amenities is a concept that began making noise when the University of Alabama opened its renovated Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility to much fanfare in 2013. But despite the inclusion of four waterfalls over therapy pools in the Crimson Tide's football operations building, the features are small and for the most part out of public view. Now, one school has decided to bring cascading water to the fan experience.
- Atlanta Hawks Seek Land for Philips Arena Development
by J. Scott Trubey, Leon Stafford and Greg Bluestein June 2017
The Atlanta Hawks and partners are negotiating to take control of parcels near Philips Arena for a future mixed-use development that would echo what the Braves built at SunTrust Park, people familiar with the situation told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Word of the land negotiations, said to be advanced but not final, comes just days after the Atlanta City Council approved a deal for public financingtooverhaulPhilips Arena. On Monday, the council approved a new rental car tax agreement with the city of College Park with part of the proceeds going to a nearly $200 million renovation of the downtown arena.
- Kansas Moves Forward with $300M Stadium Renovation
by Paul Steinbach June 2017
After a renovation of Memorial Stadium had been discussed for nearly a decade, the University of Kansas is taking significant steps toward that goal. Athletic director Sheahon Zenger announced Wednesday at a "Football in June" event that plans for the $300 million project would be released in September, with renderings available in three weeks.
A major component of the renovation is likely to be an indoor practice facility, which KU has lacked. It's further evidence of Zenger's commitment to football, according to Jayhawks head coach David Beaty. “That guy has done so much here, and for him to clear the deck and really make room for football right now — and he’s a football guy at heart — knowing that our fans deserve a really, really nice stadium," Beaty told the standing-room-only crowd, according to The Kansas City Star. The practice facility, which would end an era of the football team practicing indoors at Anschutz Sports Pavilion, a track and field facility, is a welcome priority for Beaty. “It will be something that will be just that next step in transcending our program to the next level,” Beaty said. “We really do have to keep up with the facility war that goes on out there.”
Zenger emphasized the importance of the football program and the stadium renovation in May, when he signed a three-year contract extension, stating, "I think it’s the greatest setting in the nation for college football. We just need to get it to the point where it’s a place that’s just revered.”
- U.S. Bank Stadium Panel Mulls Salary, Ethics Changes
by Rochelle Olson June 2017
U.S. Bank Stadium's governing body will consider pay raises and new ethical standards for staff members Thursday as it begins to reshape oversight of the building. Among the proposed changes to be considered Thursday by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) are instituting a salary cap of $60,000 for the committee's chairperson and hiring a project manager to oversee capital improvements.
- HS Athletic Facility Construction Back on Track
by Joe Sirera June 2017
Construction work on Smith High's athletics facilities is back on schedule, the architect's project manager says, and the Golden Eagles should be able to play their football opener at home this year.
- Philips Arena Renovation Comes With $3 Ticket Increase
by Tim Tucker June 2017
Hawks fans and others attending events at Philips Arena will pay an additional $3 per ticket as part of the deal to renovate the arena. The facility admissions surcharge will go toward, among other things, the cost of traffic management around Philips.
- Illinois Revises Football Stadium Renovation Plans
by Jason Scott June 2017
The University of Illinois is changing gears on a plan to renovate Memorial Stadium. Athletic Director Josh Whitman announced Tuesday that the $132 million plan that was proposed in October will be postponed, and the school will instead shift focus to a standalone football performance center.