• Texas School District Proposes $50 Million Stadium

    by Stuart Goldman March 2016

    The school board of the McKinney (Texas) Independent School District will vote next week to approve a proposed $220 million project that includes a new $50.3 million, 12,000-seat football stadium and events center.

  • Angelo State Baseball Unveils New Home Field

    by Paul Harris March 2016

    After a 17-game road trip to start the season, Angelo State University will at long last make its debut in its renovated home, Foster Field at 1st Community Credit Union Stadium

  • UGA Hoops Upgrades May Include Hanging Scoreboard

    by Seth Emerson March 2016

    Georgia is hoping to undertake a number of internal improvements to Stegeman Coliseum, including the long-awaited center- hanging scoreboard. There is no money figure being put on it yet, and most specifics will wait until the May meeting of the UGA athletic board. But athletic director Greg McGarity confirmed that enhancements will be sought.

  • How On-Court Branding Benefits the Installer

    by Danny Ecker March 2016

    Turning college basketball courts into billboards is scoring major points for Connor Sports' bottom line. The Elk Grove Village-based company, which has modeled and made nearly every hardwood surface used in the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments since 2005, is riding a wave of major college programs buying and redesigning their floors with more frequency. With more college games broadcast in more locations, court styles are becoming extensions of schools' brands that can showcase sponsors and help recruit top players.

  • End of Stadium Tax for Miller Park on the Horizon

    by Tom Daykin March 2016

    The Milwaukee metro area sales tax used to help finance Miller Park will likely end between 2018 and 2020, according to a new report. That's the same range that was forecast in a similar report last year from Public Financial Management Inc., a consulting firm hired by the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District.

  • Purdue Starts Crowdfunding Campaign for LED Lights

    by Stuart Goldman March 2016

    The Purdue University athletic department has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise a portion of the costs for new LED lights at Mackey Arena.

  • Atlanta Hawks Seek Downtown Redevelopment

    by J. Scott Trubey, Greg Bluestein March 2016

    The Atlanta Hawks are in discussions to redevelop the area surrounding Philips Arena into a mixed-use entertainment district, multiple people with knowledge of the negotiations told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The plan, which would involve investments of hundreds of millions of dollars, could rank among the largest commercial redevelopments conceived for downtown Atlanta in a generation, according to several people who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the negotiations. The discussions are fluid and coincide with negotiations with the city over public support for a major Philips Arena renovation, which was first reported by the AJC in October. But the Hawks and its partners would steer private development around the arena.

  • Opinion: Stadium Area Development Plans Idealistic

    by Lee Schafer March 2016

    The advisory group that hopes to guide the redevelopment of the area around a new soccer stadium in St. Paul wanted, among other things, a plan that was "transformative and realistic." Soccer team principal Bill McGuire and the owner of the Midway Shopping Center recently presented transformative in spades. In addition to a genuinely beautiful design for a Major League Soccer stadium, their plan looks as if a new Emerald City will get dropped on what is now cracked surface parking and faded single-story stores. With plenty of green space around a restored grid of pleasant streets, the new plan showed a cinema, a fitness club, residential buildings and four office projects. A representative of the firm that owns and runs Midway Shopping Center remarked that it could mean maybe $450 million in new construction.

  • Portland Timbers Stadium Expansion Options Addressed

    by Stuart Goldman March 2016

    It was another packed house at Providence Park in Portland, Ore., as the defending Major League Soccer champion Portland Timbers kicked off the 2016 season with a 2-1 victory over Columbus Crew SC on Sunday in a rematch of last year’s MLS Cup final.

    A sold-out crowd of 21,144 fans watched the match, a figure that likely will be announced at every home game this season. With a season-ticket renewal rate at 99 percent and a waiting list for season tickets at 11,000 (according to Timbers President Mike Golub), the discussion of how to expand Providence Park is well underway. The Oregonian reported the Timbers are in the fifth year of a 25-year lease on the city-owned stadium, which had a $40 million-plus renovation earlier this decade.

  • Rays Exec Has Lofty Vision for New Ballpark

    by Christopher O'Donnell March 2016

    Responsibility for pushing development of a new Rays ballpark will fall squarely on Melanie Lenz, team vice president for strategy and development. A new stadium, likely one of the Tampa area's most expensive undertakings in the next five years, is viewed by the team as critical to its long-term survival.