• Bills Stadium Will Get Security Boost

    by Gene Warner August 2016

    The hand-held wands are mostly gone. In their place are walk-through metal detectors at every gate. That's the biggest change in gameday security for Buffalo Bills fans entering Ralph Wilson Stadium this year, and it starts Saturday at the preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

  • Switch from Speedway to Football Field Expected to Be Fast

    by Norm Wood August 2016

    About a week and a half ago, Bristol Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Caldwell showed Butch Jones around the race-track-soon-to-be-football stadium where Jones’ Tennessee football team will play Sept. 10 against Virginia Tech. Jones marveled at the giant, suspended videoboard support hovering above the track’s infield. Caldwell said Jones told him the scoreboard is a “game changer for facilities, for venues.”

  • Proposal to Rename Stadium Gets Tepid Reaction

    by Rachel Farkas August 2016

    School Director Tim Gapsky submitted a letter last month requesting that the board consider a name change to honor the late Lou Martig, who was a coach, teacher and athletic director at the district.

  • Wyoming School Gets Unique Athletic Arena

    by Kristine Galloway August 2016

    Cheyenne's Poder Academy charter school has a new outdoor athletic arena this year, and it's the first of its kind in the state. The arena floor is made of short turf that is soft for students, but solid enough to play sports on. The arena can accommodate basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball, among other games.

  • High School Breaks Ground on Multi-Sport Stadium

    by Dayton Daily News August 2016

    The stadium will host Oakwood High's soccer, track, field hockey and lacrosse teams. It is scheduled to be completed in time for spring programs.

  • Richmond Residents Unhappy with Football Partnership

    by Louis Llovio August 2016

    An overwhelming majority of respondents to a just-released survey are unhappy with the deal struck between Richmond and the Washington Redskins to bring the team's training camp to the city. According to the survey, 74 percent of respondents think Richmond's investment in the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center here has not been valuable, and 76 percent think the city should not continue paying the team a $500,000 annual fee. "Absolute boondoggle to spend money on this when the roads and school(s) physical plant is in terrible shape," one respondent said. "A billionaire owns the Redskins; let him build his own damn facility."

  • $4.3M HS Stadium Construction Snag Delays Opening

    by Nick Blizzard August 2016

    Problems with the installation of seating at Miamisburg High School's new football stadium have delayed its opening.

  • Changes to HS Stadium-Use Policy Advance

    by Matt Chittum August 2016

    Roanoke schools' effort to expand use of the stadium at Patrick Henry High School goes before the city's planning commission Monday with the blessing of the Raleigh Court Neighborhood Association board. The association's board voted recently to support the changes to stadium use rules after the school system dropped plans to allow spectator access to the stadium from the Blenheim Road side of the facility. "We feel the stadium has been a good neighbor and is an important part of our neighborhood and our vibrancy," said Mary Dykstra, president of the neighborhood association.

  • Stadiums with Art Provide Museum-Like Atmosphere

    by Mary Abbe August 2016

    Big-league sports teams are having an unlikely bromance with art. All around the country, new stadiums are popping up and boasting about their art collections. The Vikings' new $1.13 billion U.S. Bank Stadium is the latest in a lineup that includes the Yankees' $2.3 billion extravaganza in the Bronx, the Dallas Cowboys' $1.2 billion stadium and the San Francisco 49ers' $2 billion Levi's Stadium. At those tabs, today's stadiums really are "palaces for the people," as art museums were described a century ago.

  • Speedway Officials Preparing Fans for College Football

    by Jeff Birchfield Johnson City Press August 2016

    Bristol Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Caldwell encourages fans to get their battle plans ready for college football’s biggest game ever. At a Friday press conference, Caldwell and other officials pointed out some key differences between attending a NASCAR race at BMS and the upcoming Pilot/Flying J Battle at Bristol football game between the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech on Sept. 10 at 8 p.m.