• Mayor Rejects Cubs' Latest Renovation Plans

    by FRAN SPIELMAN, City Hall Reporter May 2014

    The Cubs' plan to rush through a revised plan to add more signs, seats and lights at Wrigley Field hit the political equivalent of the ivy-covered brick wall Wednesday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared that his handpicked Commission on Chicago Landmarks would not consider the revised plan to build seven outfield signs, including a second video scoreboard, 300 new seats and new outfield light standards because there were elements of it that no one at City Hall had ever seen before that would have a definite impact on landmarked elements of the century-old stadium.

  • The Keys to a Smooth Construction Approval Process

    by Ralph Agostinelli May 2014

    A gymnasium is a big building. If you're constructing a gym in or next to a residential area, you need to make sure it fits into the fabric of the neighborhood.

  • Buffalo's Unopened HarborCenter Lands Two Tournaments

    by John Vogl; NEWS SPORTS REPORTER May 2014

    HarborCenter, designed to be a magnet for hockey tournaments and tourists, is already doing its job despite being months away from completion.

  • Is Super Bowl Just the Start for Vikings Stadium?


    With Super Bowl LII in their pocket, Minnesota's top sports and hospitality officials are hoping to use the momentum to land a host of other major sporting events. The announcement that the new Minnesota Vikings stadium will be the site of the Super Bowl in 2018 is being viewed as a boost to a current bid to land college basketball's Final Four, will likely bring new energy to a failed attempt to host the upcoming college football playoffs and perhaps put Minneapolis in the mix for the Big Ten football championship. The most immediate benefit could involve the NCAA men's Final Four basketball tournament, which was held this year in the Dallas Cowboys' football stadium and will be held next year at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Earlier this month, Minneapolis submitted its formal bid - the city is already a finalist, and has hosted the Final Four before - to play the Final Four at the new Vikings stadium in 2017, 2018, 2019 or 2020. A decision is expected in November.

  • Trump Would Keep Bills in Buffalo, Help Finance Stadium

    by Jerry Zremski; News Washington Bureau Chief May 2014

    WASHINGTON - Billionaire developer Donald Trump said Monday that he's willing to put up some of his own money to help build a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills if his bid to buy the team is successful. Asked about contributing money to a new Bills stadium during a brief interview before a speech at the National Press Club, Trump said, "I think I would. If my bid were accepted, I would certainly do what I could do."

  • Cubs Unveil Revised Reno Plan, Threaten to Leave Wrigley

    by FRAN SPIELMAN. City Hall Reporter May 2014

    The Cubs on Tuesday showcased - and put a $75 million price tag on - their revised plan to add more signs, seats and lights at Wrigley Field and said if the team is not allowed to "control our ballpark," it would consider moving and look first at other Chicago sites.

  • Cobb Commissioners Approve Major Stadium Agreements

    by Dan Klepal, Brad Schrade; Staff May 2014

    At a packed public meeting, county commissioners approved a series of seven legal agreements with the team and with several community agencies that will be involved in building, operating and paying for a new $622 million ballpark in the Cumberland Mall area.

  • Experts Scouting Locations for Future Bills Stadium

    by Robert J. McCarthy and Tom Precious; News Staff Reporters May 2014

    Will the Bills end up returning to their traditional home in Orchard Park? Or maybe some new site in the City of Buffalo? Or will a dark horse candidate like Niagara Falls suddenly emerge? Or even Batavia?

  • Shared Venues the Trend in Arizona's Cactus League

    by Joe Capozzi, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer May 2014

    Spring training complexes shared by two Major League Baseball teams are a trend in Arizona, where 10 of the 15 baseball teams in the Cactus League play in five dual-team facilities, including three that opened over the past five years. Florida has only one -- Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, home of the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins, which opened in 1998. If the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros can find a way to build a new multimillion-dollar baseball complex to share in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County would continue to own the distinction of being home to the state's only shared spring training facilities. "It's definitely the wave of the future. It's really the wave of the present," said Dave Dunne, general manager of Arizona's newest two-team stadium -- Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, which opened in 2011 as the spring home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.

  • No Contract in Place for Braves' Promised Development

    by Dan Klepal, Brad Schrade; Staff May 2014

    Cobb County officials pushing for the taxpayer investment in a new Atlanta Braves stadium have said all along that it's a good deal, in large part because of the team's promise to build a $400 million development of restaurants, housing, retail and offices outside the ballpark.