• Done Deal: Falcons to Play in Mercedes-Benz Stadium

    by Tim Tucker; Staff August 2015

    Shortly after Mercedes-Benz announced in January the move of its U.S. headquarters from New Jersey to metro Atlanta, a team of executives was dispatched to find ways to quickly make the company's presence known in its new home. "I sent them out fishing and they came back with a whale," Mercedes-Benz USA president and CEO Steve Cannon said Monday.

  • New Ballpark Must Shelter Homeless if Necessary

    by Joe Capozzi August 2015

    The state of Florida's $50 million contribution to the new complex triggered a state law allowing Palm Beach County to use the stadium as an emergency homeless shelter over the next 30 years.

  • Atlanta Soccer Site's Impact on Development Debated

    by Mark Niesse; Staff August 2015

    Boosters tout the planned 3,500-seat soccer stadium and practice fields as green beacons for development for the area near Interstate 285 and Memorial Drive in DeKalb County.

  • Ballpark Naming Deal Has 'the Palm Beaches' Proviso

    by Joe Capozzi Palm Beach Post Staff Writer August 2015

    The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals are about to turn their attention to selling the naming rights of the spring training stadium the teams will share south of 45th Street.

  • Historic Stadiums Renovated as HS Conference Adjusts

    by Mark Stewart August 2015

    You don't have to look at Custer Stadium to know things have changed. You can close your eyes and inhale the difference. "It looks brand new," said Bill Molbeck, the Milwaukee Public Schools city-wide athletic director. "It's got that new stadium smell."

  • How the Modern Command Center Is Improving Security at Sporting Events

    by Dennis Van Milligen August 2015

    The Oakland Raiders are most commonly associated with deceased owner Al Davis, the man famous for the phrase, "Just win, baby." In this century, winning has been hard to come by for the Raiders, who have posted five or fewer victories in 10 of the past 12 seasons, including a three-year stretch from 2006 to 2008 in which they won 11 games combined. While the team on the field was anything but elite during that time, it was the team behind the scenes, specifically within its command center, that was developing into the envy of other NFL franchises.

  • High School to Build $6M Downtown Stadium Complex

    by Thomas Gnau and Cornelius Frolik August 2015

    Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School's construction bonanza will continue for the foreseeable future with the announcement on Wednesday night that it will build a downtown athletic complex that includes a new stadium, practice field and parking lot

  • Missouri Board OKs $15M for Stadium Construction

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    In an effort to retain the Rams or lure another NFL franchise to the city, a Missouri board approved $15 million in tax credits on Tuesday to help build a new football stadium in downtown St. Louis.

    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, along with the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority, proposed the new stadium along the Mississippi River to counter the Rams’ possible move back to Los Angeles, where Rams owner Stan Kroenke has proposed building a $1.8 billion stadium.

    As Fox Sports reports, the Missouri Development Finance Board approved the $15 million tax credit plan, despite opposition from board member and Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder. The sports authority plans to request an additional $17.5 million in tax credits in each of the next two years, bringing the total to $50 million.

    The proposed riverfront project is estimated to come with a $998 million price tag. A plan presented to the board on Tuesday laid out a way to raise another $610 million, utilizing funds from an NFL team owner, an NFL loan program, and the sale of seat licenses. Under that plan, the state would need to issue another $201 million in bonds, and $187 million in tax credits and other incentives.

    Lawmakers who oppose the plan, including Representative Jay Barnes, issued a lawsuit saying that a taxpayer-funded stadium project should have approval from the state legislature.

    “If you want to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars, you cannot move forward on this proposal as it is presented,” Barnes said to members of the board.

    While some members of the legislature have vowed to fight funding the new stadium, members of the board praised the plan as a boost to the economy.

    “Our singular focus ought to be what’s best for the economic development of the state of Missouri,” said board member Reuben Shelton. 

  • County Seals Astros-Nats Spring Facility Accord

    by Joe Capozzi Palm Beach Post Staff Writer August 2015

    After a nearly 20-year absence, spring training baseball is closer than ever to returning to West Palm Beach following the Palm Beach County Commission's approval Tuesday of final operating agreements with the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals.

  • Stadium Upgrades Helping Drive Dolphins Sell-Outs

    by Hal Habib August 2015

    Dolphins fans apparently have a soft spot in their hearts for renovation projects.