• Air Force AD Reveals Strategic Vision for Stadium Renovation

    by Brent Briggeman September 2015

    Jim Knowlton doesn't know exactly how big the new scoreboard at Falcon Stadium will be, but he knows the measurements he'd prefer.

  • Work Remains Before Bucks Can Break Ground

    by Tom Daykin Milwaukee Journal Sentinel September 2015

    Mayor Tom Barrett was ready to make it official. Common Council endorsement "We've got some files to sign here," Barrett said before approving a $47 million city financing package for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena, less than two hours after it received a Tuesday. "Then, we've got a lease to work out," Barrett said at the signing ceremony, held outside the BMO Harris Bradley Center, near the future arena site. "Then, we've got some ground to break. Let's build a new arena. Let's get at it!" he exclaimed, as onlookers cheered. Of course, it's not that simple. The next steps before construction begins on the new basketball arena will take months to complete. And the Bucks' owners are already saying the facility might not open until the 2018-'19 National Basketball Association season, one year later than initially planned.

  • Opinion: Synthetic Turf in Historic Yale Bowl a Bad Idea

    by New Haven Register September 2015

    When the Yale Bowl was built in 1913-1914, it was the first stadium of its kind. It inspired many other stadiums to be built using the Bowl as the model -- including the Rose Bowl.

  • HS Complex Proposal Touts Value of Synthetic Turf

    by Lauren Stephenson September 2015

    The multimillion-dollar, privately funded athletic facility proposed in Oakwood highlights the growing use of artificial turf in high school sports.

  • Law Firm Ready for Residents If Bills Stadium Built

    by The Buffalo News (New York) September 2015

    A New York City law firm is sending letters to residents in Buffalo's Old First Ward, offering to represent homeowners if the Buffalo Bills decide to acquire their properties through eminent domain for a new football stadium.

  • Community Opposes Speedy Sale of Turner Field

    by Katie Leslie, J. Scott Trubey; September 2015

    The authority that owns Turner Field unveiled its planned disposition and redevelopment process for the stadium Wednesday at a meeting with community groups. Officials with the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority said the agency will issue a request for proposals from developers in early October for the 77-acre site. Speaking to a packed house of more than 200 at the stadium's 755 Club, the authority's executive director told neighborhood groups that the sale process must begin in short order as the Atlanta Braves are poised to vacate the ballpark by the end of next year.

  • Council Mulls Liquor Sales at Raymond James Stadium

    by Christopher O'Donnell September 2015

    Good news may be coming for those who like a tipple with their touchdowns. The Tampa Sports Authority is asking the Tampa City Council to expand the sale of liquor throughout Raymond James Stadium for Bucs games and concerts. Beer and wine are already sold in all areas of the venue but only fans in the expensive club level seats and executive boxes can buy liquor.That puts the stadium at a disadvantage compared with other Tampa Bay professional sports teams, according to the sports authority, which runs the stadium on behalf of Hillsborough County. Liquor sales are already permitted on all three levels of Amalie Arena during Tampa Bay Lightning games and in all areas of Tropicana Field, home to the Tampa Bay Rays.We felt our fans who come in here to support teams should have the same opportunity as fans at the Amalie Arena and the Trop, said Bobby Silvest, the authority's vice president of communications and marketing. We just want an equal playing field for our venue. If approved by the city council, Raymond James concessions vendor Aramark Sports and Entertainment would be able to sell liquor in all areas of the stadium and at the outer perimeter of the venue, including two plaza areas. Alcohol will not be sold in

  • Former Landfill Site Attracts Stadium Developers

    by Steven Girardi September 2015

    In early summer, Pinellas County officials considered finding out how much trash is buried in the 40-foot-high Toytown landfill and what it might cost to remove it. They abandoned the idea before a study got underway, Solid Waste Department Director Kelsi Oswald said. Instead, economic development officials decided to gauge potential interest in the former dump site as-is.

  • Old Dominion Surveying Fans for Stadium Input

    by Harry Minium, The Virginian-Pilot September 2015

    For the first time since Old Dominion University proposed building a football stadium nearly two years ago, fans finally get the chance this week to voice their opinions on what they want to see in a new facility. ODU will send an email to about 60,000 people this morning - including season ticket-holders, donors and others with ties to the university - asking them to take part in a survey that will help officials plan how large the new stadium will be and what amenities it will include. That will be followed in a few weeks by emails to students and a link that will allow anyone else to take the survey. Eventually, athletic director Wood Selig said, "we would like to hear from as many of the 1.7 million people in Hampton Roads as possible."

  • Braves File Proposal for $662M Spring Training Complex

    by Michael Cunningham September 2015

    The Braves would move their spring training facilities from the Orlando area to St. Petersburg, Fla., in 2018 under a proposal the team recently submitted to Pinellas County officials. The Aug. 31 proposal included a letter from Braves president John Schuerholz, who wrote that the team hoped to reach an agreement to relocate to the region by the end of the year. Schuerholz said construction would begin by next year, with completion scheduled for the 2018 season. A Braves spokeswoman said the team has no comment on the proposal. The story was first reported Tuesday by The Tampa Bay Times.