Facilities: Stadium & Arena
Commission Approves $350M in Sun Life Stadium Upgrades
by Andrew Abramson Palm Beach Post Staff Writer June 2014
The Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday approved a deal with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to compensate him for renovating Sun Life Stadium, a plan expected to bring future Super Bowls to South Florida. Ross and the Dolphins will pay for $350 million in stadium improvements and agreed to keep the team in Miami-Dade County for at least the next 30 years. The county then will pay the team after major sporting events are brought to the stadium.
Anatomy of a Demolition: Cleveland High's Raider Dome
by Keith Vallier June 2014
The Raider Dome came crashing down in the predawn hours Monday as part of demolition to make way for Cleveland High School's new gymnasium.
Bald Eagles Force College to Seek New Stadium Site
by Tanya Sichynsky; Staff June 2014
Of all of Berry College's 27,000 acres, this was the spot. Nestled behind the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center was a pristine location for the first stadium in the school's 112-year history. It had adequate storm runoff, proximity to parking, access to utilities and a slew of other positive features. They even had a name picked out. It would be called Valhalla. Then someone noticed a pair of bald eagles had moved in. This is a story of how a couple of birds moved a stadium.
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."