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  • New Bucks, Vikings Stadiums Tacking on Extra Costs

    by Alex Zank April 2016

    Just days after Bucks officials announced an increase in the estimated cost of the team's new arena in downtown Milwaukee, the price tag for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in Minneapolis is likewise rising. An expert on large-scale sports projects said such cost overruns should come as no surprise. Announcing last week that construction should start on the Bucks' new arena on June 18, team president Peter Feigin acknowledged for the first time that the original estimated budget was likely set too low. The arena is now expected to come in at $524 million, up from $500 million.

  • Richmond Leaders Discuss Downtown Baseball Stadium

    by Ned Oliver April 2016

    With 150 Richmond-area civic leaders gathered in a San Diego conference room Wednesday, it took less than an hour for discussion to turn to a downtown baseball stadium. San Diego's Petco Park is by no means the focus of ChamberRVA's annual InterCity visit, which began in earnest Wednesday. But speakers addressing Richmond-area leaders hoping to learn from the Southern California city repeatedly cited the early 2000s development as instrumental to transforming the city's Gaslamp Quarter into a thriving entertainment and tourist district. "This area in the '50s through the '70s really became a sailor's paradise, and I don't mean that in a good way," said David N. Graham, the city's deputy chief operating officer.

  • $40M Deal will Keep Yankees Spring Training in Tampa

    by Mike Salinero April 2016

    The New York Yankees, one of the world's most valuable sports franchises, will continue playing their spring training games in Tampa for the next 30 years. Hillsborough County commissioners approved a new lease agreement with the team on Wednesday that will finance $40 million in upgrades to George M. Steinbrenner Field and keep the team here until 2046

  • Utah Hopes to Build $7.5M Baseball Stadium

    by Dirk Facer April 2016

    If two preliminary meetings are any indication, the University of Utah baseball team will have an on-campus stadium to call home. "It seems like the process is going in a positive direction," said Utah athletics director Chris Hill, who confirmed that the situation has been discussed with a board of trustees subcommittee. Talks have also been initiated with Salt Lake City to acquire approximately 14,000 square feet of Sunnyside Park - a 30-foot strip of property on a steep hill running outside the left and center field fences of Utah's current baseball practice facility on Guardsman Way - via a lease application. It would allow the project to be moved at least 30 more feet away from the street.

  • Major League Soccer to Increase Security at Stadiums

    by Stuart Goldman April 2016

    Major League Soccer (MLS) announced Tuesday it is elevating security measures at all 20 stadiums with a new bag policy and screening measures.

  • Family Gets Nearly $18M in Baylor Stadium Death Suit

    by Jason Scott April 2016

    After six hours of deliberation, a jury awarded $17.72 million to the family of a construction worker who drowned while working on a pedestrian bridge to Baylor University’s McLane Stadium in 2014.

  • Opinion: State-of-the-Art Facilities Burden Taxpayers

    by Joe Brown April 2016

    The team entered Major League Baseball in 1998 as an expansion franchise with a taxpayer-funded ballpark. Now the ballclub has indicated it wants to move to a better location, even though it is under contract to stay put for at least another 10 years. No, I'm not talking about the Tampa Bay Rays. The team I'm describing is the Rays' expansion mate from 1998, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Last month the D-Backs threatened to sue Maricopa County and leave downtown Phoenix if local officials don't provide them with a state-of-the-art facility.According to the Arizona Republic, One of the key issues is which side is responsible for roughly $187 million in current and future maintenance obligations through 2027 at Chase Field.

  • Clemson Awaits State Budget, Eyes Arena Upgrades

    by Michael Eads April 2016

    Clemson University officials won’t know how much they can fix up the T. Ed Garrison Arena until the state’s next budget is settled. The university’s trustees gathered Tuesday at the Madren Conference Center in Clemson to do quarterly committee work, including a briefing from Vice President for Public Affairs George Askew about funding for the renovation/expansion of the arena, which hosts cattle shows and other agriculture related events more than 40 weeks a year.

  • Braves Spring Training Site Could Cost County $135M

    by Laura Layden April 2016

    Collier County could spend nearly $135 million in tourist tax dollars to build, finance, operate and maintain a spring training stadium for the Atlanta Braves over 30 years, according to a proposal from Fifth Avenue Advisors being considered Tuesday by commissioners.

  • UNM Hopes Arena Renovation Helps Woo NCAA Tourney

    by Mark Smith April 2016

    If you rebuild it, they will come. Won't they? Well, they rebuilt it and Lobo fans, although not in numbers like before, have come. The NCAA Tournament, however, is a different story. One of the selling points behind University Arena's $60 million renovation in 2010 was attracting the Big Dance back to the court that created one of college basketball's most iconic moments - the late Jim Valvano racing around the floor looking for a hug after his North Carolina State Wolfpack stunned Houston in the 1983 national championship game. Sure, NCAA tournaments, both men's and women's, have been back in the facility, now called WisePies Arena, aka The Pit - but only once since that renovation. And the successful bid for that 2012 tournament (men's second and third rounds, post play-in games), came years before the facelift. In 2011, the University of New Mexico, along with help from the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau and the state of New Mexico, again tried to snag the men's NCAA Tournament for any or all of the years between 2013-15. (Bids were made once every three years for three-year increments.)