Facilities: Stadium & Arena
- Do Minor League Ballparks Pay Off for Communities?
by Jenna West August 2017
The Potomac Nationals, a minor league baseball club in suburban Washington, are a prime example of a question facing at least 160 baseball communities across the country: Should local taxpayers pay the multimillion-dollar price tags for modern stadiums that would lure or keep minor league teams in their towns? Many economists argue that the amount of money spent on building ballparks does not return to the community. Team owners like to say that a new stadium creates jobs building and operating the facility, but most of those positions are seasonal. Sports also can bring excitement to a community, but only a sliver of residents might really care. Economists argue that the interests of a few impact everyone financially. "A major league stadium generates roughly the same number of year-round, full-time jobs as a large Macy's department store," says Victor Matheson, economist and professor at College of the Holy Cross. "Minor league is going to generate maybe a tenth of that number. Most jobs being generated at the minor league level are very low-level, part-time, minimum-wage jobs."
- Volkar Center Is Step Forward for Gonzaga Athletics
by Jim Meehan August 2017
It takes time to describe what goes where inside the Volkar Center for Athletic Achievement. It takes even longer to detail how much the three-story structure means to Gonzaga's 16 sports programs.
- Minor League Stadium Could Jumpstart Area Growth
by Mike Pare August 2017
A Chattanooga Lookouts owner says a new minor league ballpark on an old South Broad Street foundry site, coupled with other investments, could be "a game-changer" for that part of the city. But Lookouts operating partner Jason Freier said the ownership group is waiting for the outcome of a visioning effort for the 141-acre former Wheland/U.S. Pipe foundry property and an adjacent 10-square-block area. "We'll stand by and respect their process," he said about the planning initiative for the South Broad district, which is bounded by the foundry site, Interstate 24, The Howard School and Chattanooga Creek.
- Red Sox to Remove Racism Reminder Outside Ballpark
by Dayton Daily News August 2017
Boston Red Sox owner John Henry said he is ready to rename Yawkey Way, the street alongside Fenway Park that he called a haunting reminder...
- Economic Impact of Mercedes-Benz Stadium Debated
by Michael E.Kanell and J.Scott Trubey August 2017
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is likely to add momentum to an already improving downtown, but how much push it will provide is a matter of debate among Atlanta's business and political leaders. As flashy, costly and imposing as it is, the stadium replaces another facility -- the Georgia Dome -- so by itself it probably won't reshape downtown, experts say. But the $1.5 billion home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United is expected to draw millions of visitors, who will continue to bring economic energy to the rapidly changing core of the city. Downtown is booming unlike any time since the 1996 Summer Olympic Games -- with billions in new development underway or on the drawing board. New apartments are going up near Centennial Olympic Park. After the Georgia Dome is razed, the Georgia World Congress Center plans a luxury hotel and a new park space. The Hawks and partners could build a new mixed-use project near Philips Arena. "We feel as if everything is coming together," said Wilma Sothern, vice president of downtown business group Central Atlanta Progress. "This is a great new asset for our community and our city."
- Atlanta's New Stadium Ready — Except for the Roof
by Paul Newberry August 2017
The goal posts are up. The end zones are painted. The concession stands are ready to dish out all sorts of food and drink. With less than two weeks to go before Atlanta's $1.5 billion stadium hosts its first game, there's only one major issue to address. That pesky retractable roof.
- Minor League Park to Become Temporary Golf Course
by Amy Moritz August 2017
Coca-Cola Field will again be turned into a golf course, of sorts, with the return of the "The Links at Coca-Cola Field," from Sept. 15 through Sept. 17.
- Chick-fil-A Stand Closed for All But One Falcons Game
by Paul Steinbach August 2017
It’s now the norm for professional stadiums to offer fans food options from franchised brands, and the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta is no different.
However, one concessions stand will be closed for all but one of the Atlanta Falcons’ eight home games the the stadium’s inaugural season in 2017. According to ESPN, Chick-fil-A will fly the MBS coop seven times — exercising its corporate policy of closing on Sundays and leaving fans only a Thursday night game between the Falcons and the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 7 to purchase the chain’s signature chicken sandwich. For the remaining games, the stand’s digital signage will promote stadium concessionaire Levy’s non-branded food and beverage items.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Chick-fil-A is the highest grossing restaurant franchise in the United States, with each store generating $4.4 million in annual revenue, on average, according to QSR Magazine, an industry trade publication.
The policy of closing one day of the week for rest and worship, mandated by Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, is also in play for Atlanta United’s MLS games scheduled for Sundays at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, as well as at the Atlanta Braves’ new SunTrust Park.
A separate stand at MBS, run by former Top Chef contestant Kevin Gillespi, will offer a “Closed on Sundays” chicken sandwich, featuring a knockoff of the Chick-fil-A standard fried chicken and pickle on a buttered bun.
- County Hopes to Lure MLB's Brewers for Spring Training
by Ryan Finley August 2017
Pima County officials sent a 17-page package to the Milwaukee Brewers last week, touting Kino Sports Complex and Kino Stadium. The letter concluded with an invitation for Brewers executive vice president Bob Quinn to visit for a tour. Kino served as the Chicago White Sox's spring home from 1998-2008, and hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks from 1998-2009.
- Virginia Beach Arena Developer Given Deadline for Loan
by Alissa Skelton August 2017
City Manager Dave Hansen on Tuesday gave the developer of a proposed arena more time to close on a loan after being asked for an extension.