• Southern Indiana to Begin $57M Arena Renovation

    by Pat Hickey April 2017

    USI will break ground in May on the first of a two-phase, $57 million renovation of the Physical Activities Center - supplying its basketball and volleyball programs with a state-of-the-art arena that seats 4,000. There are currently 69 Division I gyms that are smaller than that.

  • Stadium Authority Won't Charge High School User Fees

    by Rochelle Olson April 2017

    New U.S. Bank Stadium oversight Chairwoman Kathleen Blatz put a quick and definitive end to discussions about a user fee on Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) events in the new $1.1 billion building. SMG, the global company hired to manage the stadium, had been in early discussions with the MSHSL about adding a fee of at least $2 to tickets for league events. SMG Executive Director Patrick Talty said the fee would be used to pay SMG's costs for the events. SMG doesn't charge rent to the MSHSL for the use of the building. But the MSHSL's free access is by design at the so-called people's stadium. Blatz, the former state Supreme Court chief justice serving as the interim chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), told Talty on Wednesday that a user fee for high school events isn't an option.

  • Portland Timbers Announce Stadium Expansion

    by Jason Scott April 2017

    Providence Park, home of the Portland Timbers MLS franchise, is set to receive a big upgrade under a proposed $50 million expansion plan.

  • Buffalo Sports Venues to Have Uber Ride-Hailing Zones

    by John Vogl April 2017

    There will be Uber pickup and drop-off zones outside New Era Field, KeyBank Center and HarborCenter. Uber is working with the Bills and Sabres to become integrated in the One Buffalo app.

  • Vanderbilt Surveys Fans about MLS Stadium Partnership

    by Adam Sparks April 2017

    Vanderbilt is asking its fans via a survey if they would attend football games at a "hypothetical stadium" shared with a Major League Soccer franchise.

  • Stadium Design Evolution from 1977 to 2017

    by Paul Steinbach April 2017

    From Athens, Greece, to Atlanta, Georgia, stadiums exist to give as many as tens of thousands of people a clear view of a singular field of play. That much hasn't changed for more than a century, but plenty has changed in terms of stadium design over the 40 years Athletic Business has been examining the process.

  • BHSU Brings Lawsuit Against Synthetic Turf Contractor

    by Courtney Cameron April 2017

    Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D., has commissioned Kiefer USA of Lindenhurst, Ill., to replace the synthetic turf at Lyle Hare Stadium before the 2017 football season.

  • Concrete Panel Falls from Stadium

    by Jason Scott April 2017

    Contractors working on Wheeling Island Stadium in West Virginia were attempting to pull down a concrete panel for examination on Monday when a second panel collapsed to the ground unexpectedly.

  • Lexington Baseball Stadium Hosts Sunrise Service

    by Courtney Cameron April 2017

    The Lexington County Baseball Stadium got an early start on Sunday, playing host to an atypical crowd. Calvary Church Lexington employed the venue for their Easter Sunrise Service, bringing hundreds of people into the stands.

  • Field Supplier Fixes Faulty Fields with Glue

    by Courtney Cameron April 2017

    Synthetic surfaces company FieldTurf is undergoing an extensive re-application process for turf purchased by San Diego County Schools which have begun to degrade, affecting the appearance of the fields.