• L.A. Group Interested in Renovating Seattle's KeyArena

    by Geoff Baker October 2016

    About 15 months ago, a top executive with the AECOM architectural firm met in Chicago with a member of the Madison Square Garden Company to discuss ongoing developments at KeyArena. David Stone, an associate principal at AECOM, had just finished overseeing a KeyArena study that concluded the venue could be refurbished for NBA and NHL use for $285 million. Stone mentioned the study to his MSG counterpart, who was in Chicago overseeing a joint venture in which the two companies were involved. Documents obtained by The Seattle Times via public-records requests show Stone wrote Seattle city officials the following day that the MSG representative was interested enough in the AECOM study and KeyArena to "take it back to his bosses in New York City."

  • County Offers Stadium Rent Relief Plan to Baseball Team

    by Christopher Pratt October 2016

    The owners of the Lancaster Barnstormers baseball team have not yet signaled whether they will accept a smaller rent-relief proposal from the county.

  • Vivint Arena Debuts Rooftop Solar Panel System

    by Amy Joi October 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY - The Vivint Smart Home Arena now boasts one of the nation's largest rooftop solar systems at an indoor sports arena, with an array of 2,700 panels covering 80,000 square feet.

  • Investment Group Offers to Foot Cost of Seattle Arena

    by Tim Booth October 2016

    SEATTLE - The quest to bring the NBA back to Seattle took a significant step Tuesday with investor Chris Hansen and his investment group offering to pay for a proposed arena with private funds. In a letter to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, the City Council and King County Executive Dow Constantine, Hansen's group is now offering to rip up a memorandum of understanding (MOU) from 2012 that called for up to $200 million in public investment in the arena. "We just concluded the landscape has changed," said Wally Walker, part of Hansen's investment group. "We can't be ignorant of where we are four years in. If we think we can do this, then we should. Our priority is to get the arena because we think the NBA and NHL will come after that."

  • Virginia Beach Arena Could Be Back in Play

    by Alissa Skelton October 2016

    VIRGINIA BEACH--Plans for a private developer to build an arena could be back in play a month after the City Council rejected the company’s latest financial proposal.

  • Chargers Weigh Options as Voters Consider Stadium Proposal

    by Brent Schrotenboer October 2016

    About 120 miles up the coast in Southern California, a pretty good deal is still sitting on the table for San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos. It's already approved by the NFL and could make him rich all over again: the option to move to Los Angeles and share a lucrative new stadium with the Los Angeles Rams. "The worst deal in Los Angeles is better than his best deal here," Spanos adviser Fred Maas told USA TODAY Sports.

  • Yankee Stadium to Begin $20M Renovation Project

    by George A. King III October 2016

    Inside The House That George Built will look quite different next year. Opened in 2009, Yankee Stadium III is undergoing a major construction project that begins this week that will eliminate the obstructed-view seats in the bleachers, cost in the neighborhood of $20 million - all funded by the Yankees - and be completed in time for the start of the 2017 season.

  • $4M High School Sports Complex on Schedule

    by Tremayne Hogue October 2016

    The Oakwood Athletic Complex is beginning to take shape. The cement foundation was poured last week and artificial turf and the track are expected to follow this week. The field is on course to be open to the public by the first of the year. The stadium will seat about 700 fans. OAKWOOD - The Oakwood Athletic Project is just months away from being open to the public after laying the cement base for the field this week.

  • Idaho Announces Plans for New Arena

    by The Spokesman Review October 2016

    A new home for University of Idaho events was unveiled on Friday. The Idaho Arena will be 4,700-seat, 70,000-square-foot athletics facility that will be home for the Vandal men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams and a university community gathering place for academic events, concerts and meetings.

  • Hurdles Remain in Raiders' Move to Vegas

    by Dayton Daily News October 2016

    As much as Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis wishes otherwise, a decision on allowing him to move his franchise to Las Vegas isn't likely to come anytime soon. That's not to say it won't happen. Several team owners are ready to support the relocation if the right pieces fall into place - and we're not talking roulette wheels. "I'm pleased they've made as much progress as they have," Texans owner Robert McNair said Wednesday at the league's fall meetings, when Davis made a short presentation to the membership. "We'll look at it when it is finally presented in total. These things are still so fluid, until they nail everything down we don't know what we're looking at. We'll wait until we have a full package."