• 11 Facts About Minnesota and Its Super Bowl Stadium

    by Michael Gaio May 2014

    The NFL announced Tuesday that Minnesota won its bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl. Minnesota beat out New Orleans and Indianapolis, cities that were also vying to host the big game. Although it is more than four years away, here are 11 things you should know about the Super Bowl's future host.

  • NFL: Bills Viable in Buffalo Market — with New Stadium

    by Tim Graham; News Sports Reporter May 2014

    Jerry Jones' previous comments notwithstanding, many NFL owners want to see the Buffalo Bills stay in Western New York.

  • Minnesota Stadium Investment Rewarded with Super Bowl

    by Tom Pelissero, @TomPelissero, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    It was a little more than two years ago when a plane bearing a Minnesota Vikings logo was spotted on a Los Angeles airport runway, stoking fears about relocation as the decade-long push for a new stadium appeared poised to stall again in the Minnesota Legislature.

  • NFL Teams Put Greater Emphasis on Green Stadiums

    by Michael Gaio May 2014

    Once upon a time, a professional football stadium was a place to take in a sporting event. Not anymore. Today's stadiums must be a multi-purpose entertainment palaces complete with luxury suites, club seats, loge boxes, VIP levels and more food and beverage options than a Manhattan city block. A stadium must be, as the Minnesota Vikings' website says, "an epicenter of excitement, opportunity and pride."

  • New Braves Stadium to Cost Millions Less to Maintain

    by Dan Klepal; Staff May 2014

    After 17 years at Turner Field, the Atlanta Braves informed the city that the downtown stadium needed more than $150 million in capital maintenance upgrades, for things such as new seats, concrete and stadium field lighting.

  • Aspiring NHL Owner Buying Seattle Stadium District Sites

    by From wire reports May 2014

    Companies affiliated with a man who's interested in bringing an NHL team to Seattle have spent $281 million on buildings in the city's Stadium District.

  • U. of Kansas to Improve Connectivity in Arena, Stadium

    by Jesse Newell. May 2014

    LAWRENCE - Fans using their smartphones during events at Allen Fieldhouse and Memorial Stadium could receive a nice boost in the upcoming year. The University of Kansas recently reached an agreement with AT&T, which is installing new Distributed Antenna Systems in both locations. "The benefit for KU is that it provides greater capacity for our students, faculty and staff and visitors to campus," said David Day, communications manager for KU information technology, "but there's also that benefit for people who live in surrounding areas."

  • Twins to Benefit from New Transit Access to Target Field

    by SID HARTMAN; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) May 2014

    Saturday is a big day, with the grand opening of Target Field Station, a transit hub that will be a big part of Twins baseball and make it easier for fans to get to Target Field, taking place before that night's game against the Seattle Mariners. "We called it the interchange, now it's Target Field Station," Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin said. "There's going to be kind of a celebration from 1-6 [p.m.] and then onto the Twins ballgame that night. What it is is a second platform that we're adding to the LRT [light-rail transit] system at Target Field. We had so many riders using LRT for Hiawatha and on June 14, we're opening up the Central Corridor, the Green Line to St. Paul. "So we need more platform capacity, more room for people to line up, and on top of those transit improvements, we've added a plaza, an amphitheater and some other features that are going to make this a great center for public gathering 365 days a year." Twins President Dave St. Peter said he believes Target Field Station will be a big plus for the team.

  • Pac-12 to Stage Football Title Game at Levi's Stadium

    by Dirk Facer, Deseret News May 2014

    By Dirk Facer Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY - Utah won't get a chance to host the Pac-12 Football Championship Game, at least not for the next three years. Conference officials announced Thursday that the annual title tilt between the North and South division champions will be played at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the new $1.2 billion home of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers. The first three Pac-12 championship games were played at home stadiums instead of a neutral site.

  • Behind Georgia State's Bold Move on Turner Field

    by Janel Davis, J. Scott Trubey, Katie Leslie; Staff writers May 2014

    Georgia State University President Mark Becker's sparse Auburn Avenue office peers out over dorms and classrooms the school stitched together from overgrown lots and aging skyscrapers as law, accounting and other white-collar firms fled downtown.