• Levy's Latest Concessions Ingredient: Big Data

    by DANNY ECKER; May 2014

    Deluxe sports food is not the competitive edge it used to be for Levy Restaurants. Fare like the black bean veggie burger at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and the low-country shrimp and grits at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta helped Levy build a portfolio of clients that stands at 45 of all 113 major U.S. sports venues, more than any other food-service company.

  • Cubs Would Nix Plans for Ivy-Disturbing Bullpen Doors

    by FRAN SPIELMAN. City Hall Reporter May 2014

    The Cubs offered Thursday to drop plans to install larger outfield doors that disturb Wrigley Field's landmarked ivy-covered walls, angered Mayor Rahm Emanuel and threatened speedy approval of the team's revised expansion plan.

  • Mayor Rejects Cubs' Latest Renovation Plans

    by FRAN SPIELMAN, City Hall Reporter May 2014

    The Cubs' plan to rush through a revised plan to add more signs, seats and lights at Wrigley Field hit the political equivalent of the ivy-covered brick wall Wednesday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared that his handpicked Commission on Chicago Landmarks would not consider the revised plan to build seven outfield signs, including a second video scoreboard, 300 new seats and new outfield light standards because there were elements of it that no one at City Hall had ever seen before that would have a definite impact on landmarked elements of the century-old stadium.

  • The Keys to a Smooth Construction Approval Process

    by Ralph Agostinelli May 2014

    A gymnasium is a big building. If you're constructing a gym in or next to a residential area, you need to make sure it fits into the fabric of the neighborhood.

  • Buffalo's Unopened HarborCenter Lands Two Tournaments

    by John Vogl; NEWS SPORTS REPORTER May 2014

    HarborCenter, designed to be a magnet for hockey tournaments and tourists, is already doing its job despite being months away from completion.

  • Is Super Bowl Just the Start for Vikings Stadium?


    With Super Bowl LII in their pocket, Minnesota's top sports and hospitality officials are hoping to use the momentum to land a host of other major sporting events. The announcement that the new Minnesota Vikings stadium will be the site of the Super Bowl in 2018 is being viewed as a boost to a current bid to land college basketball's Final Four, will likely bring new energy to a failed attempt to host the upcoming college football playoffs and perhaps put Minneapolis in the mix for the Big Ten football championship. The most immediate benefit could involve the NCAA men's Final Four basketball tournament, which was held this year in the Dallas Cowboys' football stadium and will be held next year at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Earlier this month, Minneapolis submitted its formal bid - the city is already a finalist, and has hosted the Final Four before - to play the Final Four at the new Vikings stadium in 2017, 2018, 2019 or 2020. A decision is expected in November.

  • Trump Would Keep Bills in Buffalo, Help Finance Stadium

    by Jerry Zremski; News Washington Bureau Chief May 2014

    WASHINGTON - Billionaire developer Donald Trump said Monday that he's willing to put up some of his own money to help build a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills if his bid to buy the team is successful. Asked about contributing money to a new Bills stadium during a brief interview before a speech at the National Press Club, Trump said, "I think I would. If my bid were accepted, I would certainly do what I could do."

  • Cubs Unveil Revised Reno Plan, Threaten to Leave Wrigley

    by FRAN SPIELMAN. City Hall Reporter May 2014

    The Cubs on Tuesday showcased - and put a $75 million price tag on - their revised plan to add more signs, seats and lights at Wrigley Field and said if the team is not allowed to "control our ballpark," it would consider moving and look first at other Chicago sites.

  • Cobb Commissioners Approve Major Stadium Agreements

    by Dan Klepal, Brad Schrade; Staff May 2014

    At a packed public meeting, county commissioners approved a series of seven legal agreements with the team and with several community agencies that will be involved in building, operating and paying for a new $622 million ballpark in the Cumberland Mall area.

  • Experts Scouting Locations for Future Bills Stadium

    by Robert J. McCarthy and Tom Precious; News Staff Reporters May 2014

    Will the Bills end up returning to their traditional home in Orchard Park? Or maybe some new site in the City of Buffalo? Or will a dark horse candidate like Niagara Falls suddenly emerge? Or even Batavia?