Facilities: Stadium & Arena
- Davis: Oakland to Blame for Raiders' Focus on Vegas
by Tom Pelissero October 2016
Feeling disrespected and eager to secure his franchise's long-term home, Raiders owner Mark Davis is done with Oakland, at least as long as his Las Vegas dream is alive. Standing in a hotel lobby shortly after giving a brief update to his fellow NFL owners Wednesday, Davis said he had made a commitment to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, who Monday signed a bill the state Legislature approved last week for $750 million in public funding toward a nearly $2 billion stadium project in downtown Vegas. The NFL seems to back Davis' decision to cut off talks with Oakland leaders because he tried to get a stadium deal done there before applying to move to Los Angeles this year, even as the league engages with those leading renewed efforts to keep the Raiders.
- Report: Rangers Ballpark Could Cost Arlington $1.675B
by Stuart Goldman October 2016
The proposed $1 billion ballpark for the Texas Rangers may reportedly cost the city of Arlington almost $1.7 billion, more than three times the initial estimate.
- VCU, Minor League Team to Partner on $55M Stadium
by Ned Oliver October 2016
Virginia Commonwealth University and the Richmond Flying Squirrels will be "major contributors" toward the construction of a roughly $55 million baseball stadium near the Boulevard, according to an announcement late Monday afternoon. Plans are still in the early stages, according to a news release issued jointly with the city of Richmond, but the university and the team signed a memorandum of understanding at the end of last month outlining how they hope to proceed. "This is a significant step forward for baseball in the Richmond region," Mayor Dwight C. Jones said in a statement. "More importantly, it advances our efforts for economic development along the Boulevard to generate revenue for schools and city services, consistent with our long-standing goals for Richmond."
- Marshall Stadium Damaged by Arsonist
by Doug Smock October 2016
Efforts are underway to make sure all four electrical towers at Joan C. Edwards Stadium will be in working order when the Marshall football team plays there Saturday.
- New $500M Hockey Arena Shines in Edmonton
by Mike Harrington October 2016
Rogers Place, the 18,500-seat building is the centerpeice of a downtown revitalization project known as the Ice District. Already open and connected to the arena are the Rogers Community Rink, which both the Sabres and Edmonton Oilers used for practice on Saturday, and the 60,000 square-foot Gran Villa Casino. That $32 million project opened last month to join the arena as part of the first phase of the downtown development.
- Arena Renovation Offers New 'Front Door' to IU Hoops Fans
by Zach Osterman October 2016
If Assembly Hall's renovation is the infrastructural crown jewel of Fred Glass' tenure — and it likely is — then its new south lobby is the gleaming center stone. It is expansive, inviting of sunlight, with wide windows onto the Assembly Hall floor, shiny new escalators and trophy cases to give the place an "Indiana high school gym feel," according to IU's athletic director. "I think this is gonna be one of those gifts that keeps on giving," Glass said of the new south atrium, the most visible change to the newly renovated 45-year-old building. "A new front door facing campus, to really be where you arrive."
- Tennessee Trustees to Vote on $106M Stadium Upgrade
by Tyler Whetstone October 2016
The University of Tennessee's Board of Trustees will meet for day two of its annual fall summit Friday and is set to consider a potential $106 million renovation to Neyland Stadium. The project includes a back wall to meet NCAA standards on the minimum distance required between the playing surface and any physical boundaries. Other renovations include expanding the main thoroughfare of the south concourse, improving concessions and adding restrooms. Chris Cimino, Tennessee's senior vice chancellor of finance and administration, said the project would be financed by a combination of donations and the athletic department's operating revenues An August 2019 target date has been set for the project's completion.
- New Projects: Virginia Tech Baseball | Lehman YMCA | Exposition Park
by Emily Attwood October 2016
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- Politician Wants Opponent's Name Off Football Stadium
by Carl MacGowan October 2016
The Democrat trying to unseat longtime Republican State Sen. Kenneth LaValle has filed legal papers alleging LaValle receives an illegal campaign benefit from the Stony Brook University football stadium that bears his name.
- South Carolina Installs New Basketball Court
by Post & Courier October 2016
The basketball floor at Colonial Life Arena will have a new look for this coming season. South Carolina on Wednesday unveiled the new playing floor at the Gamecocks' home arena, which features not only a cleaner look but also shock pads beneath the wood to provide players with additional cushioning. The new floor was installed a week ago.