• Practice Fields to Mimic Dimensions of Nats, Astros Homes

    by Joe Capozzi, Palm Beach Post (Florida) July 2015

    The $135 million spring training complex south of 45th Street will include an authentic touch of the major leagues. Three of the 12 practice fields will be built with outfield dimensions matching Minute Maid Park in Houston and Nationals Park in Washington to help Astros and Nationals players get reacquainted with their regular-season ballparks.

  • Beckham's MLS Stadium Would Leave U. of Miami Out

    by Matt Porter, Palm Beach Post (Florida) July 2015

    It appears a soccer stadium is coming to the area surrounding Marlins Park, but it will not involve the University of Miami. The City of Miami received a verbal proposal Friday morning from the group headlined by soccer superstar David Beckham to build a stadium in Little Havana, on the site where the Orange Bowl once stood.

  • The AB Extra: July 17

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    In this week's AB Extra, you'll find news about Nike's response to a ban by CrossFit, a rebranding of a Canadian town to welcome a new hockey arena and the United States' top swimming city.

  • Japan Scraps $2B Olympic Stadium Design

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    The original design for the stadium to be used for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics gained criticism from many. Not only for its odd look, but also for its cost, which had reached $2 billion, double its original budget of $1 billion.

  • Senate Puts Milwaukee Bucks on Brink of Arena Deal

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    It looks like the Milwaukee Bucks will be staying put. After two days of negotiations, state senators in Wisconsin have finally struck a deal to finance a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, putting to rest speculation that the team might move to a new city. 

  • Is Environmental Report Too Late to Save Chargers?

    by Scott M. Reid, The Orange County Register (California) July 2015

    Even as the San Diego City Council authorized on Tuesday a controversial $2.1 million environmental impact report on a proposed $1.1 billion-plus Mission Valley stadium, there were more signs that even the city's political leaders are resigned to the Chargers relocating in Carson.

  • Chicago Suburb to Ban Drones at Stadium, Events

    by Eric Peterson, Chicago Daily Herald July 2015

    Driven by concerns about public safety, Schaumburg trustees are poised to enact a ban Tuesday on the use of drones within 100 feet of public property during special events.

  • Analysis: Citi Field Fence Shortening Has Desired Effect

    by Mike Puma, The New York Post July 2015

    Citi Field's reputation as a graveyard for hitters, especially on the Mets, may have finally disappeared. When general manager Sandy Alderson shortened the fences last winter for the second time in four offseasons, he cited the ideal of making the ballpark a fair one for pitchers and hitters.

  • Fan Files Lawsuit Demanding MLB Extend Safety Netting

    by Paul Steinbach July 2015

    An Oakland Athletics season-ticket holder has filed a federal lawsuit seeking class-action status and greater protection for fans everywhere from flying bats and balls. The suit, filed Monday in the Northern District of California, wants MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to extend safety netting from foul pole to foul pole.

  • How LED Lighting Is Reaching All Levels of Outdoor Sports

    by Paul Steinbach July 2015

    The future for high-intensity discharge bulbs as an instrument of sports illumination grows dimmer by the day.