Facilities: Stadium & Arena
- Mayor Disregards Private Sponsorship of KeyArena
by Takara Scott-Johnston November 2015
M.T Phoenix LLC, a New Mexico-based real-estate company, has expressed interest in modernizing and funding renovations to Seattle’s KeyArena, the former home of the Seattle Supersonics.
- Jaguars, City Propose $90 Million EverBank Field Project
by Stuart Goldman November 2015
EverBank Field, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, may be best known for its recent addition of cabanas on the south end of the stadium.
Now if Jaguars owner Shad Khan and Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry get their way, the stadium will have more additions and upgrades in time for next season.
On Wednesday, Curry submitted a plan to the Jacksonville City Council for a $90 million project that includes a new 5,000-seat amphitheater outside the south end of the stadium. The plan also calls for a new indoor facility (outside the stadium) for the Jaguars and remodeled club seating.
Khan would foot $45 million of the project, with the other $45 million coming from the city in the form of hotel bed tax money, which according to reports cannot be spent on basic city services such as police and fire protection. It’s a similar arrangement from the $63 million project between the Jaguars and the city two years ago, in which Khan put $20 million toward a deal to build a 42,000-square-foot fan zone with swimming pools and two jumbo scoreboards. The city of Jacksonville agreed to spend $43 million for that project in hotel bed tax money.
“I’m sincere in my commitment to Jacksonville and am extremely optimistic that we’re moving in the right direction, on and off the field,” Khan said in a statement. “We can never stand still, however. We can never underestimate the importance of exploring all means possible to strengthen the future of the Jaguars here in Jacksonville.”
The Jaguars already are giving up a home game every season to play one game in London’s Wembley Stadium through 2020. EverBank Field also is home to college football’s annual Georgia-Florida game and the TaxSlayer Bowl (formerly the Gator Bowl). City officials hope EverBank Field will be considered as part of the rotation for the College Football Playoff.
The city council could vote on the plan as early as Dec. 8. If approved, construction would begin in January. The upgrades are expected to be completed by next July.
- Vapor Wake Dogs Are Advancing Gameday Bomb Detection
by Paul Steinbach November 2015
The Chicago Cubs had already shut out the visiting San Francisco Giants, 2-0, on Aug. 9 when postgame stragglers were ordered to evacuate Wrigley Field. Chicago Police, who reportedly receive dozens of bomb threats every week, got word that Wrigley had been targeted and swarmed the ballpark with officers. Only after bomb-sniffing dogs had their run of the grounds was an "all clear" issued.
- USC’s LA Coliseum Plans $270M Renovation
by Jason Scott November 2015
Late last week, the University of Southern California announced plans for a privately funded $270 million renovation of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
- Two-Sided Display Cases Lend Transparency to Lobby Spaces
by Paul Steinbach October 2015
By definition, display cases should be highly visible, but few capture that concept better than the type seen at the University of Alaska Anchorage's Alaska Airlines Center.
- WATCH: Severe Flooding Forces Stadium to Close Until Feb.
by Jason Scott October 2015
The Stadium Bowl in Tacoma, Wash., was so severely flooded by storm water that the stadium was ordered closed until February.
- Proposed St. Louis Stadium Finds Naming Sponsor
by Jason Scott October 2015
The proposed riverfront football stadium in St. Louis got a cash infusion late yesterday, as Missouri governor Jay Nixon’s stadium task force unveiled a $158 million sponsorship deal.
- Texans Changing to Synthetic Turf for Rest of Season
by Jason Scott September 2015
The NFL’s Houston Texans announced Friday that they’re replacing their natural grass turf with synthetic turf for the remainder of the 2015 season.
The Texans will resurface the field at NRG Stadium immediately.
- Spotlight: Stadiums & Outdoor Sports Surfaces
by AB Editors September 2015
A roundup of the latest stadium and outdoor sports products from AB advertisers.
- Five Concepts that Drive Community-Focused Stadium Design
by Robert Fatovic September 2015
Stadiums across North America may differ in seating capacity, video board size or the retractability of their roofs, but they have traditionally followed a typical model: large complexes surrounded by a sea of parking, often disconnected from their surrounding communities and cities.