• School Board OKs Business Signs at Sports Venues

    by Kelley Bouchard February 2016

    SoPo School Board considers a controversial proposal to seek business sponsorships with signs displayed at Martin Field and inside Beal Gym. Also, authorizing the super to negotiate a contract with WBRC Architects and Engineers for a middle school study. SOUTH PORTLAND -- By next fall, players and spectators can expect to see commercial signs at Martin Field and Beal Gymnasium after a divided Board of Education endorsed a plan Monday night to expand advertising for corporate sponsorships. The board voted 4-3 after a somewhat heated debate over the ethical, aesthetic and budget implications of allowing the athletic department to sell business signs at the field and gym at South Portland High School. "This is a way of showing our support and I think a lot of people would want to do that," said board member Libby Reynolds, who voted for the plan with Karen Callaghan, Mary House and Chairman Richard Matthews.

  • City Council, District Clash Over Proposed Stadium Site

    by Imran Ghori February 2016

    A proposal to build a long-promised football stadium at Canyon Springs High School is stirring up tensions between Moreno Valley city and school officials. Moreno Valley Unified School District officials have made the $15 million project a priority because the 30-year-old campus is their only high school without its own stadium. But City Councilman Jeffrey Giba, who represents the area that includes the school, has concerns about traffic, noise and lighting from a stadium.

  • Opinion: Stadium Renovation Dubious Amid Budget Cuts

    by The Arizona Daily Star February 2016

    A proposal that would charge future UA students $200 per year to help renovate the football stadium is ill-timed, ill-advised and unfair. It also raises questions about the University of Arizona's priorities.

  • Inside the Super Bowl 50 Mobile App

    by Jason Scott February 2016

    Super Bowl 50 will provide the biggest test of the season for the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, but it will also be a proving ground for the developers of VenueNext, a smartphone application that helps fans get the most out of their stadium experience.

  • Baseball Complex Designers Invite Local Input

    by Joe Capozzi February 2016

    The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals are inviting the public to sit down with them Saturday to share their personal stories about baseball in West Palm Beach as part of the planning for the teams' new spring training complex.

  • Sports Complex Naming Rights Negotiated

    by LeAnn Eckroth February 2016

    A local company may claim naming rights to the future Mandan Sports Complex as negotiations could be completed as soon as this month. The Mandan Park Board went into a closed meeting Jan. 27 for 22 minutes to discuss its negotiation strategy.

  • U. of Wisconsin Surveys Interest in Stadium Renovation

    by Todd D. Milewski February 2016

    The Wisconsin athletic department is considering "major renovations" to Camp Randall Stadium, according to an email sent to supporters last week. From the topics of questions included in a survey linked in the email, new premium seating areas like field-level club seats appear to be among the concepts being considered. But an athletic department official cautioned that the survey was meant to gauge interest and generate feedback, not to indicate that any decisions on a renovation have been made or are imminent.

  • Millions Spent to Beef Up Wireless Coverage at Super Bowl

    by Elizabeth Weise February 2016

    Wireless companies have been feverishly putting the finishing touches on upgrades to their systems as an expected 1 million Super Bowl fans descend on the Bay area this week for concerts, parties, celebrations and of course, a football game on Sunday.

  • Temple Stadium Still Far from Red Zone

    by Susan Snyder February 2016

    Temple University has quite a bit of work to do if it wants to build a football stadium on campus, says Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke. In other words, the Owls aren't in the red zone. "At some point, it probably will require a significant amount of city support, and at this point, that's not there," he said.

  • Las Vegas Hopes to Woo NHL Expansion Team

    by Las Vegas Sun February 2016

    An NHL team in Las Vegas may seem like a marriage made in one of the city's notorious wedding chapels, but the city has supported professional hockey before, with several minor league hockey teams having called it home as far back as 1968. Las Vegas, a tourist haven in a growing region of more than 2 million residents, has long been shut out of major professional sports, largely because of its ties to legal gambling. But with an arena set to open in April and a committed ownership group that has sold roughly 13,500 season tickets for a prospective franchise, the only question left is whether the NHL wants Las Vegas. The league has been considering expansion applications from Las Vegas and Quebec City since last summer and had a meeting to discuss the subject last week in New York. "I think it'll be a huge success," said Butch Goring, a former Islanders forward who coached the International Hockey League's Las Vegas Thunder for one season. "There's certainly enough money to sustain a hockey team. They have a brand-new building. I think it's a wonderful idea." It is no secret that the league's forays into nontraditional hockey markets have yielded mixed results. Las Vegas has its own tumultuous history with minor league franchises, particularly in hockey.