• Braves Project Takes Major Step, But Challenges Remain

    by J. Scott Trubey, Katie Leslie, Dan Klepal; Staff writers July 2014

    The Atlanta Braves on Wednesday formally announced new members of its team --- not the one vying for a World Series title, but the development group tasked with making a year-round winner out of a proposed $400 million mixed-use complex surrounding the new Cobb County stadium. Making the project a success is no small feat, especially with so much at stake for both the Braves and Cobb taxpayers. The Braves' aim is to create a profitable, 74-acre mix of retailers, restaurants, offices, hotels and residences around the ballpark, near Cumberland Mall. Such a complex, the team anticipates, will draw guests not just to the team's 81 regular season games, but throughout the year.

  • UCLA's Pauley Pavilion Flooded by Broken Water Main

    by Michael Gaio July 2014

    UCLA's Pauley Pavilion suffered major flooding on Tuesday after a nearby water main broke sending millions of gallons of water pouring in to the school's campus.

  • Soccer Field Plans Face Environmental Impact Concerns

    by Chris Chapman; Chautauqua correspondent July 2014

    OLEAN - Plans to develop seven youth soccer fields as a safer version of the current facility were dealt a setback Monday night by the City of Olean Planning Board.

  • Controversial Dayton Logo Gets Hoops Court Do-Over

    by David Jablonski, Dayton Daily News (Ohio) July 2014

    Dayton unveiled its new logo on July 18 by showing it off at UD Arena. A red "D" with sharp blue lines off the left side to indicate motion adorned the center of the court. It was so new that day, the paint was still drying.

  • Allen ISD Spending Millions to Fix Unsafe $60M Stadium

    by Michael Gaio July 2014

    When Eagle Stadium opened in the Dallas suburb of Allen in August 2012, it was lauded as the best high school football facility in the nation. Today it's a money pit.

    The Allen ISD school board voted Monday to use $2 million in existing bond funds to kick start construction on the broken stadium within the next two weeks. The money will go toward fixing the "extensive cracking" in the stadium's foundation that forced the school district to close the facility for the upcoming season.

    Allen superintendent Lance Hindt says the money is a "security blanket." Hindt told CBS News in Dallas that Pogue Construction and PBK Architects will reimburse the district for any money spent on repairs. The district hopes to have the repairs complete in time for graduation next spring. With a tight deadline, Hindt says that's why the district is willing to spend the $2 million up-front immediately.

    RELATED: Allen ISD: Don't Blame Us for Failures of $60M Stadium

    To date, the Allen Eagles have not lost a game in Eagle Stadium (11-0) and are two-time defending state champions in Texas' Class 5A Division I. The stadium, which cost $60 million to build, seats 18,000 people making it the fifth-largest high school stadium in the state, but the largest that is home to just one school. It features a Daktronics 874-square-foot HD video board, a weight room, synthetic turf and 6,500 bench-back seats.

  • VIDEO: Jaguars Debut World's Largest Video Boards

    by Michael Gaio July 2014

    The Jacksonville Jaguars unveiled the world's largest video boards on Saturday.

  • Eagles Ready to Show Off $125M in Linc Renovations

    by Andrew Albert, Daily News Staff Writer July 2014

    IN FEBRUARY 2012, the Eagles started the process of revitalizing Lincoln Financial Field to give fans a better in game experience. More than 2 1/2 years and $125 million later, the renovations are "99 percent complete," according to team president Don Smolenski.

  • Football Facility Arms Race Accelerating through Big 12

    by Kellis Robinett Kansas City Star July 2014

    On the final day of August, Baylor will christen its new football stadium with a prime time Sunday game against SMU. A national television audience will get the rare opportunity to see one of the nation’s top offenses play in college football’s newest stadium.

  • Opinion: A New Stadium is Good for Community Pride

    by Tom Precious; News Albany Bureau chief July 2014

    The trend of professional sports team owners holding the upper hand over state and local politicians with new stadium construction demands is a long one, stretching across all sports in large, medium and small markets.

  • Ohio State Holds First Football Activity Under New Lights

    by Tim May, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH July 2014

    Prized quarterback recruit Torrance Gibson came, saw, and he liked what he saw. Gibson, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was one of the elite recruits on hand for Ohio State's Friday Night Lights at Ohio Stadium. And he even jumped into the drills, something he had indicated he wouldn't do during the four-hour session. But it was his parting statement that made the most news, because a month ago he had Ohio State fifth in his rating system behind Tennessee, Auburn, Louisiana State and Oklahoma.