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  • Athletic Business Architectural Showcase 2014 Map

    by AB Staff June 2014

    View 2014 AB showcase locations in a full screen map

    This year marks the 27th year of Athletic Business's Architectural Showcase and 29th Facility of Merit awards program. The University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium graced the cover of the first "Showcase on Architecture" as it was initially called, one of 45 facilities to be highlighted in the June 1988 issue.

    Not surprisingly, facilities have gotten bigger and more expensive since our first Showcase — there is a more than $100 million difference between the most expensive project this year and its counterpart in 1988 — but there's still room for smaller projects. College projects continue to dominate the market, though preferences have changed — a campus-rec standard today, climbing walls were all but nonexistent in facilities of the '80s.

  • The Keys to a Smooth Construction Approval Process

    by Ralph Agostinelli May 2014

    A gymnasium is a big building. If you're constructing a gym in or next to a residential area, you need to make sure it fits into the fabric of the neighborhood.

  • 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 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."

  • Eighth Worker Dies in World Cup Stadium Construction

    by Michael Gaio May 2014

    Stop me if you've heard this one before: another worker has died in the construction of a World Cup stadium in Brazil. This marks death number eight in the construction process as the country hurriedly tries to get things in order for next month's World Cup.

  • U. of Oklahoma Plans Major Football Stadium Expansion

    by Michael Gaio May 2014

    The facilities arms race in college football just keeps getting turned up. The University of Oklahoma is the latest school planning to announce massive expansion plans to its current football stadium.

  • IOC Official Blasts Rio Olympic Preparations

    by Michael Gaio April 2014

    Rio de Janeiro is set to host the 2016 Olympic Games, but according to the vice president of the International Olympic Committee, preparations for those games are severely off track.

  • Video: K-State Reveals More Football Facility Upgrades

    by April 2014

    During the team’s annual spring football game Saturday, the Kansas State Wildcats revealed plans for a $65 million upgrade to Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

  • Golden State Warriors Plan New San Francisco Arena

    by April 2014

    As the Golden State Warriors remain focused on extending their current season in the NBA playoffs, its owners have begun to lay the groundwork for the team’s future.

    Golden State announced Tuesday it will buy 12 acres of land near the San Francisco Giants ballpark in the Mission Bay neighborhood, in hopes of the site will one day be home to a new 18,000-seat arena.

    “We believe Mission Bay is a perfect fit,” owner Joe Lacob told The Associated Press. “It is a wonderful inland site in a dynamic part of the city that is convenient for fans from all over the Bay Area.”

    Lacob, along with co-owner Peter Guber — who spoke at the 2012 Athletic Business Conference & Expo in New Orleans — had originally looked to a waterfront site that would offer a view, but local residents voiced concerns that the arena might block views of the bay, in addition to other environmental concerns.

    Instead, the Warriors new site will sit farther inland, which allows the team to avoid putting the project proposal up to a vote for residents to approve, according the San Francisco Chronicle.

    As a part of the move to a new arena, the Warriors will be hoping to expand their fan base back into the San Francisco area. Originally playing in San Francisco starting in 1962, the Warriors have played in Oakland since 1971.

    “We are looking forward to engaging with the neighborhood and, ultimately, making this site ‘Warriors Ground.’ This is our path to San Francisco,” team president Rick Welts said.

    The cost of the land was not released by Golden State, but Salesforce — the company that sold the Warriors the land — purchased the 14-acre lot two years ago for $248 million. In addition to a much easier route to city approval to build in the Mission Bay location, cost projections for the bayside location had doubled since the team began planning for its new home two years ago.

    The new arena will include seating for approximately 18,000 people, with an estimated opening date set for the 2018-19 season. It will be funded entirely with private money from the team’s owners.

     

  • Facility Madness 2014: The Best Arena in College Basketball Is...

    by AB Staff April 2014

    Congratulations to Pinnacle Bank Arena, the winner of the 2014 Facility Madness tournament. The beautiful new arena, home to the Nebraska Cornhuskers men's and women's basketball teams, takes home the crown after amassing more than 50,000 votes throughout the tournament.

    About the Facility:
    The $179 million arena was the cornerstone of Lincoln's $344 million West Haymarket Redevlopment Project. It opened in 2013 and has a capacity of 15,147 for basketball. "With its combination of concrete and metal panel facade, spectacular open-air roof deck, contemporary glass-encased entrance and concourse offering picturesque views of the State Capitol, Pinnacle Bank Arena is an architectural embodiment of aesthetics and modernity," the arena's website states. "Encompassing 470,400 square feet and costing $179 million, the state-of-the-art multi-purpose arena will offer year-round entertainment, including concerts, family shows, touring acts and sporting events."

    The modern feel and amenities were enough to win over Facility Madness voters as Pinnacle Bank Arena knocked off Butler University's Historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in the championship round.

    Fast Facts
    Opened:
    2013
    Capacity: 15,147
    Construction Costs: $179 million
    Special Features: Pinnacle Bank Arena offers 36 luxury suites, 20 loge boxes, two private club lounges, a center-hung HD video board, 360 degree ribbon lighting, plus home crowds that helped Nebraska's men's team make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998.

    See more photos of the arena below, via @HuskerHoops on Twitter.



     


    Thank you to everyone who voted in Facility Madness 2014!