• 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.

  • Skyway Links Vikings, Other Major Sports Venues

    by Jason Scott March 2016

    Downtown Minneapolis already has 8 miles worth of indoor skyway, but the current system is set to expand directly to the new home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.

  • Minor League Baseball Team Unveils Lazy River Plans

    by Stuart Goldman February 2016

    Fans of the Frisco (Texas) RoughRiders will get to enjoy more than just baseball this summer at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

  • New Sport Comes to Sun Life Stadium

    by Emily Attwood February 2016

    As athletic organizations advance policies to keep drones away from their venues, Miami's Sun Life Stadium recently opened its gates and welcomed in a pack of the unmanned aerial devices and their operators for a new sporting event--drone races.