• Georgia State Makes Play for Turner Field Site

    by J. Scott Trubey, Katie Leslie November 2015

    When the Atlanta Braves announced plans in 2013 to leave for Cobb County, Mayor Kasim Reed promised Turner Field would be replaced by one of the largest developments for the middle class the city had ever seen. In the time since, he's said multiple suitors --- from California to the Middle East --- have inquired about the site. But it was revealed late Monday that only three groups, including the highly-touted partnership between Georgia State University and real estate firms Carter and Oakwood Development, made a play for the downtown ballpark. Only the Georgia State team appears to have a credible shot.

  • Roads, Safety Features Drive Braves Stadium Costs Up

    by Dan Klepal November 2015

    As the concrete and steel of SunTrust Park rises in the Cobb County skyline, the amount of taxpayer funds that will be invested on the ground around the stadium is coming into sharper focus. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution examination found that the baseball stadium and mixed-use development will require tens of millions of additional taxpayer dollars for roads, bridges, public safety and forgone property taxes --- expenses beyond the roughly $400 million for construction and maintenance. In fact, road projects in Cumberland conceived since the stadium announcement will amount to more than $41 million. Those expenses --- and others --- will be paid by a combination of local, state and federal money. And that is an incomplete total that does not include the $3.4 million for buses or $1.2 million annual operational expense for a new people-moving tram around the stadium area; and only allows $9 million for the bridge over I-285 for pedestrians and the tram.

  • South Carolina Gets Initial Approval for $50M Facility

    by November 2015

    COLUMBIA South Carolina would move its football operations from Williams-Brice Stadium to a new $50 million building adjacent to its practice facility under a plan outlined Friday to the Buildings and Grounds Committee of the USC Board of Trustees.

  • CenturyLink Field Among 10 U.S. Stadiums to Host Copa America

    by Don Ruiz November 2015

    Copa America is coming not only to the United States for the first time, but to Puget Sound. CenturyLink Field was announced Thursday as one of 10 U.S. stadiums that will play host to 2016 Copa America Centenario, the centennial edition of the championship of South American soccer.

  • Surprise Addition: Viking Ship Feature Added to Stadium Plan

    by Rochelle Olson November 2015

    The Minnesota Vikings will announce a surprise addition to the plaza outside the team's new stadium Thursday - a stylized ship that will showcase the personalized pavers purchased by fans and nod to the state's Nordic heritage.

  • Fenway Open to Other Events, Considering Hosting Celtics

    by Steve Buckley November 2015

    Fenway Park has been transformed into a lyric little gridiron for Saturday night's Boston College-Notre Dame showdown. And just so those yard markers and goal posts don't go to waste, Fenway will host four high school games next Wednesday and Thursday. After that? The sky is literally the limit: in preparation for a ski and snowboard 'big air' competition in February, a 110-foot-high ramp will soon be erected that'll dwarf the Green Monster.

  • ABC 2015: In the Shadow of the Valley of Death

    by Paul Steinbach November 2015

    Louisiana State University treated 60 Athletic Business Conference & Expo attendees to an all-access tour of the Baton Rouge campus’s expanding recreation and athletics facilities Wednesday, culminating in a ground-level view inside Tiger Stadium, known by local fans and visiting SEC rivals alike as Death Valley. 

  • New Falcons Stadium Gets Design Help from Art School

    by Nedra Rhone November 2015

    Fashion and football have become frequent bedfellows, and the latest pairing in Atlanta is between the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Atlanta Falcons. SCAD will commission, acquire and install artwork and memorabilia throughout the 2 million square feet of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new home of the Atlanta Falcons.

  • Funding Flap Forgotten as DePaul Breaks Ground on New Arena

    by Fran Spielman November 2015

    Ever since Mayor Rahm Emanuel first proposed using $55 million in tax-increment-financing funds to help finance a 10,000-seat basketball arena for DePaul University that would double as an "event center" for McCormick Place, the project has been a symbol of what critics call the mayor's misplaced priorities.

  • GM Gives Inside Look at Operations at AmericanAirlines Arena

    by Jason Lieser Palm Beach Post Staff Writer November 2015

    Fewer than 24 hours before the Heat's season opener, Taylor Swift had taken over nearly the entire compound at AmericanAirlines Arena.