• Florida Offers Pro Stadiums More Public Funding Options

    by Christine Stapleton and Joe Capozzi Palm Beach Post Staff Writers June 2014

    Palm Beach County's effort to build a two-team spring training stadium got a boost Friday from Gov. Rick Scott's signing of a bill meant to help professional sports organizations, including soccer and NASCAR, get access to public money to pay for building new stadiums or upgrading current ones. But the stadium bill (HB 7095), which sweetens the existing financing options for constructing spring training stadiums, might not be enough to build the kind of facility the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals want. The county still is waiting to hear back from the teams after telling them in May they need to reduce their preliminary $141 million cost for a stadium in West Palm Beach. The measure was one of 57 bill signings Scott announced Friday.

  • Inside Minnesota's Successful Bid for 2018 Super Bowl

    by ROCHELLE OLSON, Minneapolis Star Tribune June 2014

    Atlanta - Minneapolis' stadium-trumpeting pitch triumphed over party magnet New Orleans and earnest Indianapolis to win the 2018 Super Bowl. Minneapolis' theme, "Built for the Bold," emphasized the new $1 billion Vikings stadium under construction and the state's friendly ethos. When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the victor after the 32 NFL team owners' fourth ballot, raucous cheers and shouts of "We did it!" from Minnesotans reverberated in the hallways of the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta's upscale Buckhead neighborhood, where the high-stakes drama played out.

  • Legislators Lift Private Funding Mandate for ODU Stadium

    by Harry Minium June 2014

    By Harry Minium The Virginian-Pilot The General Assembly will not require Old Dominion to build a new football stadium entirely with private funds after all. A provision of the Virginia Senate budget that would have required ODU to fund a stadium privately was dropped from the budget adopted last week by the Senate and House of Delegates.

  • Chilean Soccer Fans Storm World Cup Stadium

    by Andrew Brandt June 2014

    If there’s one thing we can learn from the fan-fueled fiasco at Marcana Stadium on Wednesday, it’s that Chile’s soccer fans will do just about anything to see their team compete in the FIFA World Cup.

  • Ice Arena Conversion to Year-Round Rec Facility Draws Ire

    by Paula J. Owen, TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF June 2014

    Ice hockey and skating clubs are fuming over Fitchburg State University President Robert V. Antonucci's decision Wednesday to convert the aging Landry Arena at the Wallace Civic Center it operates into a year-round recreational facility — minus the ice.

  • Newly Renovated Arena Scores $2.5M Naming Rights Deal

    by Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) June 2014

    PORTLAND -- The Cumberland County Civic Center will be renamed the Cross Insurance Arena. Cross Insurance announced on Wednesday that it has bought the naming rights of the 7,000 seat Portland arena for $2.5 million. The company will hold the naming rights for 10 years. The arena, which is home to the Portland Pirates hockey team, reopened in February after a 15-month long renovation project. The renovated venue features expanded concessions, locker rooms and luxury suites and upgraded security. The insurance agency, a subsidiary of the Cross Financial Corp., also owns the naming rights for the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor under a 15-year agreement.

  • Firms Picked for U. of Wyoming's $51M Pool, Arena Renos

    by WyoSports staff June 2014

    A pair of Wyoming companies have been selected to manage two major sports construction projects at the University of Wyoming, including the remodeling of Corbett Pool.

  • Commission Approves $350M in Sun Life Stadium Upgrades

    by Andrew Abramson Palm Beach Post Staff Writer June 2014

    The Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday approved a deal with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to compensate him for renovating Sun Life Stadium, a plan expected to bring future Super Bowls to South Florida. Ross and the Dolphins will pay for $350 million in stadium improvements and agreed to keep the team in Miami-Dade County for at least the next 30 years. The county then will pay the team after major sporting events are brought to the stadium.

  • Anatomy of a Demolition: Cleveland High's Raider Dome

    by Keith Vallier June 2014

    The Raider Dome came crashing down in the predawn hours Monday as part of demolition to make way for Cleveland High School's new gymnasium.

  • Bald Eagles Force College to Seek New Stadium Site

    by Tanya Sichynsky; Staff June 2014

    Of all of Berry College's 27,000 acres, this was the spot. Nestled behind the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center was a pristine location for the first stadium in the school's 112-year history. It had adequate storm runoff, proximity to parking, access to utilities and a slew of other positive features. They even had a name picked out. It would be called Valhalla. Then someone noticed a pair of bald eagles had moved in. This is a story of how a couple of birds moved a stadium.