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  • Snyder's Stadium Push Puts D.C. Region on Notice

    by Deron Snyder September 2016

    The upcoming NFL season at FedEx Field won't be the last. But the clock is ticking and it's likely to run out before Washington's lease expires in 11 years. Team owner Dan Snyder, recently appointed to the league's Stadium Committee, has been counting the days and talking about a new venue since January. That's when he hired an architect to design a new palace, replete with a moat, beach and slightly transparent wave-lake structure suitable for rappelling — as seen in artist renditions that appeared on "60 Minutes" and went viral in March. It seems odd to raise the subject of relocation when moving day is scheduled for 2027. There's no pressing need for designs now, as if change-of-address forms are imminent. The Los Angeles Rams' new facility is expected to be ready in 2019 and the team just announced its construction company in July.

  • Clear Roofing Material Brightens Vikings Stadium

    by Paul Steinbach September 2016

    This article appeared in the September issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • Anthem Played Early Thwarts Rapinoe's Planned Protest

    by Victor Morton September 2016

    The Washington Spirit decided not to play "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the customary time Wednesday, in part to avoid another Colin Kaepernick moment.

  • New Projects: Anderson Area YMCA | Lancaster Athletic Facility | Sporting KC Training Center

    by Emily Attwood September 2016

    This article appeared in the September issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • Guaranteed Rate CEO Responds to Sox Fan Criticism

    by Kerry Lester September 2016

    Victor Ciardelli says the Chicago White Sox prepared him for the backlash that followed the announcement the team's stadium will be renamed Guaranteed Rate Field after his company. As news of the change triggered the trending Twitter hashtag #BetterSoxStadium, the founder and CEO of the mortgage lending company with the big red down-pointing arrow as a logo says he's actually excited about the negative reaction. "It helps build brand awareness for us," says Ciardelli, a Hinsdale resident. "It's spectacular. Who would have thought the down arrow would create such a story?" So yes, that arrow — representative of the company's dedication to giving people the lowest interest rates on a mortgage — is here to stay at the South Side stadium. Ciardelli says the White Sox told him they plan to make a correlation between the downward arrow and pitchers' efforts to keep their ERAs low.

  • New MLS Stadiums Embrace Safe-Standing Areas

    by Paul Steinbach September 2016

    This article appeared in the September issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • Kroenke's Pursuit of Vision Led Rams Back to L.A.

    by Vincent Bonsignore September 2016

    No one knows better than Los Angeles the complexity of getting all the essential components in place to create magic. Like, say, the 21-year Rubik's Cube we fiddled with trying to bring the NFL back to the second-biggest market after sitting vacant since 1994. A riddle finally solved by a billionaire from Missouri, and 300 acres of open land in Inglewood he swooped in and purchased two years ago. But more on Stan Kroenke in a bit.

  • Turner Field Could See GSU Football by 2017

    by J.Scott Trubey and Doug Roberson September 2016

    Georgia State University should have little trouble, architecturally speaking, making football happen at Turner Field in 2017. The Panthers hope to begin play in the ballpark next season, and the university could do so with relatively minor modifications while it develops a more extensive football-only redesign, two architects on the original stadium design team told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Though little is known about the university's ultimate plans or the potential cost, Georgia State President Mark Becker two years ago discussed reducing the Ted's seating to about 30,000 from its current capacity of about 50,000. That concept involved removing part or all of the upper deck and eventually building new seating in what is now right field. The Braves plan to exit Turner Field for their new Cobb County ballpark after this season, and Georgia State and its development partners plan to complete their purchase of the stadium and surrounding parking lots by Dec. 31.

  • Memphis Upgrades Designed for Both Fans and Recruits

    by Phil Stukenborg September 2016

    Inside, and out, there has been $38 million in public-private investment since 2010, capped this summer with the installation of 5,050 new premium blue seats with backs at a cost of $4.8 million, which the U of M is covering.

  • Utah State Debuts Stadium Improvements

    by Jeff Hunter September 2016

    A couple of hours prior to the kickoff of Thursday's game between Weber State and Utah State, the Aggies held a brief ceremony to celebrate the official opening of the new West Stadium Center at Maverik Stadium. Under the direction of Utah State athletic director John Hartwell, outgoing USU President Stan Albrecht cut a ribbon pulled across the southwest entrance of the five-story, $36 million structure.