• Opulent Sports Events Losing Luster for Would-Be Hosts

    by USA Today June 2014

    When FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, chose Brazil to host this year's World Cup it seemed a safe bet. Brazilians are crazy for the so-called beautiful game, and they play it with a flair that gives it much of its beauty.

  • Opinion: Convert Spring Training Ballpark to Soccer

    by Super User June 2014

    There's no arguing that Al Lang Stadium was once the primo place to catch a spring-training baseball game in Florida. With its waterfront views and historic connection to the game, it holds a special place in the hearts of every baseball fan who sat along the first-base line and gazed at the sailboats tacking in the bay.

  • Opinion: Cobb Board Blocked Braves Stadium Dissent

    by Field Searcy; for the AJC June 2014

    Recently, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners ratified a series of agreements between the county and the Atlanta Braves obligating Cobb taxpayers with $397 million in revenue bonds. Braves President John Schuerholz has publicly stated this deal would not have been completed if more time had been allowed for public scrutiny.

  • FAU Makes Stadium Pitch for Beckham's Soccer Team

    by Joe Capozzi, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer June 2014

    David Beckham's new Major League Soccer franchise setting up home in Palm Beach County? It's an extreme long shot, Palm Beach County sports officials concede, but they are still hoping to "bend it like Beckham" in their bid for the English football icon to have his soccer team play at Florida Atlantic University's stadium in Boca Raton.

  • Family Would Rather Own, Run Stadium Than Buy Bills

    by Tom Precious and Robert J. McCarthy June 2014

    The Jacobs family will not pursue an ownership interest in the Buffalo Bills, but is looking at operating and owning at least part of a new stadium for the team, The Buffalo News has learned.

  • UNLV Scraps Stadium Location, Mulls Off-Campus Site

    by Paul Takahashi June 2014

    UNLV has scrapped its proposed location for its new on-campus football stadium because of concerns about its proximity to McCarran International Airport. The university is now looking for a new site for its 50,000-seat stadium. Alternative stadium locations include the parking lot of the Thomas & Mack Center and 40 acres of privately owned land at the corner of Koval Lane and Tropicana Avenue. Since UNLV announced plans to build a stadium in 2011, Federal Aviation Administration officials have raised concerns about the facility's height and proximity to the airport.

  • Business Owners, Residents Rally Around Stadium Plan

    by GRAHAM MOOMAW June 2014

    Efforts to resurrect the plan for a new baseball stadium in Shockoe Bottom got a boost Wednesday as a group of Shockoe business owners and residents held a news conference calling for the project to move forward. About 30 people stood behind a podium in front of C'est Le Vin wine bar on North 17th Street as neighborhood leader David Napier said the project would be a boon to the Shockoe area. "If you don't want to understand it, you can always say it's too complicated for me to understand," said Napier, president of the Shockoe Bottom Neighborhood Association. "But I think we've got smart-enough people on council that most of them will feel comfortable with this project once it's fully presented to them."

  • Mayor Seeks Release of Angels Stadium Reno Report


    Mayor Tom Tait is calling for the public release of a report that details $150 million in needed upgrades at Angel Stadium that are a cornerstone of lease negotiations between the city and the baseball team.

  • Break in Old Water Line Jeopardizes Ice Arena Project

    by Thomas J. Prohaska; News Niagara Reporter June 2014

    A break in one of Lockport's ancient cast-iron water mains is threatening to wash away the foundations of the new ice arena, Corporation Counsel John J. Ottaviano told the Common Council on Wednesday.

  • Fearing Seven-Figure Deficit, Arena Actually to Turn Profit

    by Lucas Sullivan, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH June 2014

    Several months ago, the panicked general manager of Nationwide Arena walked into the office of Columbus Blue Jackets' President Mike Priest with a warning: The arena could finish its fiscal year with a seven-figure deficit