• UNM Hopes Arena Renovation Helps Woo NCAA Tourney

    by Mark Smith April 2016

    If you rebuild it, they will come. Won't they? Well, they rebuilt it and Lobo fans, although not in numbers like before, have come. The NCAA Tournament, however, is a different story. One of the selling points behind University Arena's $60 million renovation in 2010 was attracting the Big Dance back to the court that created one of college basketball's most iconic moments - the late Jim Valvano racing around the floor looking for a hug after his North Carolina State Wolfpack stunned Houston in the 1983 national championship game. Sure, NCAA tournaments, both men's and women's, have been back in the facility, now called WisePies Arena, aka The Pit - but only once since that renovation. And the successful bid for that 2012 tournament (men's second and third rounds, post play-in games), came years before the facelift. In 2011, the University of New Mexico, along with help from the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau and the state of New Mexico, again tried to snag the men's NCAA Tournament for any or all of the years between 2013-15. (Bids were made once every three years for three-year increments.)

  • Opinion: MLB Should Avoid Early Games in Cold Climates

    by Phil Mushnick April 2016

    Sure, it's an extreme departure from the norm, but schedule with the good of the players, the fans and the quality of The Game in mind.

  • Grass Added to Fenway Infield, Could Help Fielders

    by Maureen Mullen April 2016

    When Fenway Park opens Monday for its 105th season as the Boston Red Sox host the Baltimore Orioles, careful observers might notice something different about the ballpark's infield turf. There will be more infield grass.

  • Developer Offers to Privately Fund Football Stadium

    by Harry Minium April 2016

    Developer Stephen Ballard has offered to provide private financing for a new football stadium he has proposed building at Old Dominion University, a significant departure from the traditional financing model for college athletics.

  • Old Dominion Board to Be Briefed on Stadium Study

    by Harry Minium April 2016

    Old Dominion appears set to make a decision in late spring or early summer on how and where to build a new football stadium. ODU’s Board of Visitors is to be briefed on a stadium study June 9, said sources who asked not to be identified. ODU has been studying how to replace the 20,118-seat Foreman Field since late 2012, but board members have not been briefed on the issue in more than a year. University President John Broderick said last week that the board will be finalizing the school’s budget and setting tuition rates at its next meeting on April 21. But he added that officials will address the stadium issue in June.

  • Real Salt Lake to Unveil Plan for $50M Soccer Complex

    by Aaron Falk April 2016

    Real Salt Lake officials are set to announce plans this weekend for a $50 million soccer complex in Herriman to house everything from the the club's training activities to a charter high school for youth players.

  • New Projects: FIU Wellness Center | Maryland Event Center | Tiger Stadium

    by Emily Attwood April 2016

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  • Officials Urge Fans to Arrive Early for Security Checks

    by Maudlyne Ihejirika April 2016

    Security in the age of terrorism will mean longer waits for fans at metal-detector lines to enjoy America's pastime, Chicago officials warned Tuesday. With season openings approaching at the city's two ballparks, representatives from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Cubs and White Sox management are urging fans to change game-day habits and arrive at parks much earlier.

  • Las Vegas Arena Woos Events, Hopeful for NHL Team

    by John Katsilometes April 2016

    There is hope that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will make an announcement this summer that Las Vegas will be awarded one of two expansion teams.

  • Will Wrigley Be Ready for Home Opener?

    by Paul Skrbina April 2016

    A beeping yellow Bobcat woke from a slumber at a corner of Wrigley Field, preparing to move some pallets loaded with materials, before the engine went silent. A few more turns of the key proved futile, prompting men in yellow vests and hard hats to wail into walkie-talkies. "Load it on another one," one of the men barked.