Facilities: Stadium & Arena
- Opinion: Las Vegas Next Victim of Stadium Shakedown
by Deron Snyder September 2017
Residents of Clark County (Nev.) are the folks who should be crying. They're contributing $750 million to the Raiders' new arena, a record amount for a sports facility. The funds, which amount to about $354 per resident, will be taken from an increased tax on hotel rooms that currently pays for schools and transportation, among other things.
- Abilene Christian Nearing Debut of $42M Stadium
by Greg Jaklewicz September 2017
For the first time since N.L. Nicholson was the coach and the 1958 Wildcats took the field, ACU will play a home game on campus. The Wildcats played only one game on campus that season, outscoring Howard Payne 49-30 on Thanksgiving Day.
- Does Eastern Washington's Red Turf Impact Players?
by Jeff Kolpack September 2017
If the light hits Roos Field at Eastern Washington University just right during game day, it almost gives the few blocks around the football field a red glow hue.
- Quicken Loans Arena Set for $140M Renovation
by Karen Farkas September 2017
A little more than a week after Cavs CEO Len Komoroski said the organization was withdrawing from the project, the Cleveland Cavaliers have announced that the $140 million transformation of Quicken Loans Arena is a go.
- Little Caesars Arena Kicks Off Grand Opening Events
by Courtney Cameron September 2017
Little Caesars Arena in Detroit kicked off a series of grand opening events with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $836 million complex on Tuesday.
- Village Approves High School Stadium Construction
by Eric Peterson September 2017
A $1.5 million first phase of a stadium at Bartlett High School is expected to start construction next month and be completed by the 2018 football season.
- Titletown District Adds to Lambeau Field Experience
by Richard Ryman September 2017
The Lambeau Field experience for Green Bay Packers fans attending home games this season will be embellished and expanded when the Titletown District's park and plaza opens at the end of next week.
- HS Stadium Seeking New Naming Rights Deals
by Bob Susnjara September 2017
Barrington Area Unit District 220 plans to seek naming rights and advertising deals connected to the high school football stadium in advance of a 10-year contract expiring after the 2017-18 school year. About $750,000 was gained from the deals that involved naming rights to the field, track and stadium, plus scoreboard advertising, Barrington High School Athletic Director Mike Obsuszt said. Wickstrom Auto Group's name is part of Barrington Community Stadium.
- Irma Threatens NFL, College Games
by Andy Berg September 2017
College and professional football teams in Florida and along the East Coast are likely flipping between opponents’ game footage and the Weather Channel. While her forecasted path is still uncertain, Hurricane Irma — now a Category 5 storm swirling in the Atlantic — has much of the Eastern Seaboard, from Florida north to the Carolinas, on notice.
- Florida Bills Would Nix State Assistance for Stadiums
by Andy Berg August 2017
A Florida legislator is pursuing laws that would significantly curtail public assistance for franchise stadium developments in the state.
House Bill 13, introduced by Rep. Bryan Avila (R), would ban the building or renovation of stadiums on public lands, while House Bill 6005 would nix a program that set aside state funds for stadium projects.
In HB 6005, Avila is proposing legislation that would do away with a program sponsored by Sen. Jack Latvala (R) and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in 2014. The program offers $13 million a year for stadium projects. A number of facilities, including EverBank Field in Jacksonville and Daytona International Speedway, have been approved to receive assistance from the fund, but legislators in the House have blocked disbursement of the money.
Chris Hudson, director of Americans for Prosperity in Florida, questioned the program in a statement. “Why should taxpayers foot the bill for billionaire sports owners who want to expand their facilities?” Hudson said.
According to News4Jax.com, HB 13 was filed for the 2018 legislative session, which is scheduled to begin in January.