• U. of New Hampshire Stadium Project Generating Buzz

    by Matt McSorley February 2016

    Director of Athletics Marty Scarano and head football coach Sean McDonnell were quick to mention how influential University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston was in the process of building the new $26 million Wildcat Stadium. "President Huddleston had the vision for this wonderful stadium and he was the one who got the ball over the goal line," said Scarano Wednesday at the 100 Club.

  • Abilene Christian Breaks Ground on $35M Football Stadium

    by Joey D. Richards February 2016

    A lot of things went through Ken Collums’ mind during Abilene Christian’s ceremonial groundbreaking for its new $35 million on-campus football stadium Friday. First and foremost was Wally Bullington. Collums, who just finished his fourth season as ACU’s football coach, said Bullington epitomizes ACU football. “He’s been here like 50 years, and he is an ACU Wildcat,” Collums said of Bullington, who played, coached and served as the school’s athletic director. “If you want to know what one is, you look at him and go visit with him. He’s had dreams and visions about seeing that stadium on this campus forever. Not only for us and the people who are going to coach in it and experience it and make ACU an even greater place, but for guys like Wally Bullington. That guy walked on dirt so we could walk on turf on this new field. I think that’s important to remember.” ACU’s first game at See ACU, 7C Wildcat Stadium is scheduled for Sept. 17, 2017, when the Wildcats play Houston Baptist in a Southland Conference game. The new stadium will have a capacity of 12,000 fans. Bullington, who attended Friday’s ceremony, plans on being one of the fans in the new stadium for the 2017 home opener.

  • NHL’s Coyotes, Arizona State Could Share New Venue

    by Jason Scott February 2016

    Could a partnership between the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes and the Arizona State hockey program help to bolster the sport in the desert?

  • Synthetic Turf for New Falcons Stadium

    by Tim Tucker February 2016

    Mercedes-Benz Stadium ? the future home of the Falcons and the Atlanta United soccer team ? will have a synthetic turf playing surface produced by GreenFields USA, the teams and the turf company announced Thursday.

  • U. of Arizona Puts Student Stadium Fee on Hold

    by Carol Ann Alaimo February 2016

    University of Arizona students won't be forced to pay for upgrades to the school's football stadium -- at least not yet. UA athletics director Greg Byrne has put the brakes on his proposal to charge incoming students a mandatory $200-a-year fee to help renovate the aging Arizona Stadium.

  • Royals to Add Safety Netting at Kauffman Stadium

    by The Capital-Journal February 2016

    To improve fan safety, the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday announced plans to install additional netting this season at Kauffman Stadium.

  • MLS Team Agrees to Spring Training Deal

    by Jeff Rosenfield February 2016

    A longstanding relationship with Major League Baseball has helped turn Clearwater into a desirable destination for a number of other popular sporting events, and now MLS is coming on board.

  • Deal Reached in Vikings Stadium Cost Dispute

    by Rochelle Olson February 2016

    Speeding to completion, biggest glitch in construction process near final resolution Mortenson Construction showed off the 90 percent complete Minnesota Vikings stadium Tuesday with a tour minutes after an upbeat announcement of a resolution with the state over $15 million in disputed costs on the $1.1 billion building. Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), told reporters that a deal had been reached with general contractor Mortenson after months of closed-door negotiations. She expects the board to vote on the settlement at Friday's regularly scheduled meeting. The details of the arrangement will then become public.

  • Florida Mayors Push for Spring Training Sites

    by Steven Girardi February 2016

    While attention is focused on building a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays, tourism officials and two mayors urged Pinellas County commissioners on Tuesday not to forget about spring training. Two major league baseball teams train in Pinellas - the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin and the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater - and have a combined economic impact of millions of dollars, according to the cities and tourism figures. Those numbers are particularly relevant regarding Dune

  • Vikings Scramble for Tailgating Space

    by Steve Brandt February 2016

    With only six months to go before the kickoff for the Minnesota Vikings' home preseason, the team is still scrambling for tailgating space near its new home in a rapidly developing end of downtown Minneapolis. The team is assured of only 125 tailgate spots that it owns across the street from the new stadium. Although some private owners are likely to allow their lots to be used, some of the 500 to 800 spots the team says it needs to meet fan demand could be up to a 15-minute walk away. And even with those, that's roughly a third of the spots that were available in Metrodome days. The team says it's working hard to address the issue, including a proposal to expand the city's zone around the stadium where tailgating with alcohol is allowed. But that depends on neighborhood input and City Council approval in the coming months.