• Opinion: Levi's Stadium Lives Up to Niners', NFL's Hype

    by Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News July 2014

    As predicted, when it came to the celebration and platitudes at Thursday's official 49ers stadium ribbon cutting, the platitudes won. In fact, you could say the platitudes won big. They won bigger than big, big, big. "It's the most unbelievable outdoor entertainment facility in the world," said Jed York, the 49ers' chief executive officer, during one of the dedication speeches.

  • Real Salt Lake Eyes State Fairgrounds for New Stadium

    by Aaron Falk The Salt Lake Tribune July 2014

    Professional soccer may indeed be played at the Utah State Fairgrounds. Years after officials examined the possibility of building a stadium for Real Salt Lake on Salt Lake City's west side, the team's new owner wants to construct a stadium there for a minor league affiliate. RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen wants to create a public-private partnership with the Fairpark Corporation to construct a multi-use sports stadium that could hold up to 8,000 people. The stadium would be home to RSL's minor league affiliate, with hopes of opening play there in time for the 2016 season.

  • Reps from Three Cities Offer Milwaukee Arena Advice

    by JASON SILVERSTEIN, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Staff, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 2014

    proposals for a new multipurpose arena for the Bucks As Milwaukee considers and other cultural amenities, the city could learn a few things from Cleveland. And from Denver. And from Oklahoma City, too. City officials here had that opportunity Friday when leaders from those three cities visited the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts' Todd Wehr Theater for a discussion on how to fund major cultural projects. Although the discussion - led by Timothy Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce - was not tied to any particular projects in Milwaukee, much of the talk inevitably returned to the new Bucks arena, which is still in preliminary planning. Sheehy said near the end of the talk that the arena could be a project that helps Milwaukee evolve from being a large Wisconsin city to "more of a global player" in entertainment.

  • Pro Team's Bankruptcy Clouds ASU Lease Agreement

    by Carlos Silva Jr. 325-659-8247 July 2014

    Angelo State University has made it a point to update its current amenities — including student housing projects and athletics facilities — to continue its pursuit of growing its student population and footprint in San Angelo. But one plot of land has remained untouched: the 25 acres where Foster Field sits. See ASU, 8A The university shares the stadium with the Colts (known as San Angelo Colts Baseball Club LLC) in a commercial ground lease which was put into effect on Oct. 1, 1999. The terms of the pact were for 25 years and, assuming it is not extended, will terminate Sept. 30, 2024.

  • Atlanta Mayor Asks Braves When Turner Will Be Vacated

    by Katie Leslie, Dan Klepal; Staff July 2014

    With a swath of potential suitors in line to buy Turner Field, Mayor Kasim Reed has sent a letter to the Atlanta Braves requesting a firm departure date from downtown.

  • Study: Consolidating HS Sports Facilities Not Worth It

    by JANE FORD-STEWART,, Muskego-New Berlin Now July 2014

    Although consolidating high school sports facilities to save money might seem like a good idea, it wouldn't work in New Berlin, a study concludes. At the request of the New Berlin schools, Milwaukee-based KPH Construction looked into sharing facilities for baseball, football, soccer, softball, tennis, track and swimming. It looked at one class A varsity field or pool for both high schools and sufficient practice space elsewhere.

  • Architect HKS Boosts Developer's Cred on Bills Stadium

    by Robert J. McCarthy; News Political Reporter July 2014

    Not only is veteran City Hall figure Steven M. Casey joining developer Scott R. Congel's effort to redevelop the old Seneca Mall into a regional megaproject, so is one of the nation's top designers of multi-purpose sports stadiums. HKS Sports and Entertainment Inc., the Dallas-based architectural firm that planned National Football League stadiums in Dallas, Indianapolis and Minneapolis, has joined Congel's $700 million proposal for a complex of housing, offices, theaters, recreational facilities and parking on the mostly abandoned 55-acre site in West Seneca, Congel said Tuesday.

  • Cobb County Green Lights Braves' Entertainment Plans

    by Dan Klepal; Staff July 2014

    The Atlanta Braves on Tuesday received the final approval necessary to begin building bars, restaurants, hotel rooms and condos outside of a planned baseball stadium near Cumberland Mall in Cobb County. County commissioners unanimously approved the team's rezoning request for the mixed-use development, which team officials say will cost $400 million and will include office space and an entertainment venue. The Braves anticipate that most of the development will open along with the stadium in April 2017. Mike Plant, the Braves' executive vice president of business operations, said a development team for the mixed-use project will be finalized in "a matter of days." He said that the team will now begin negotiating with potential tenants.

  • Legion Game-Time Changes Address Lighting, PA Issues

    by Safiya Merchant July 2014

    The American Legion Post 76 could get a little more flexibility on game times for baseball tournaments if recommendations from the Carol Stream plan commission/zoning board of appeals are approved.

  • Different Pitch: Miller Park Grounds Crew Preps for Soccer

    by MICHAEL HUNT, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Staff, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 2014

    Miller Park officials want to create a soccer pitch for the Swansea City-Chivas Guadalajara exhibition at 8 p.m. Wednesday that has the illusion of permanence. "We're going to do our best to make sure this soccer field looks like it's been here for a while, whether that means a little fertilizing, a little bit of paint, a little bit of mowing pattern," head groundskeeper Michael Boettcher said Monday. But the overriding goal is to ensure the baseball field is exactly as it was left Sunday for when the Brewers return on July 21.