Facilities: Stadium & Arena
- Board Approves Arena Lease for NBA D-League Team
by Doug T. Graham November 2015
The Chicago Bulls' plan to make Hoffman Estates' Sears Centre Arena the home court of their new NBA Development League team was approved by the village board Monday night. Team officials say their lease agreement could be finalized as soon as next week.
- Groundbreaking Ceremony for Nats-Astros Ballpark Set
by Joe Capozzi Palm Beach Post Staff Writer November 2015
Major League Baseball's top official and the multi millionaire owners of two teams will gather at an old trash dump Monday morning to help local dignitaries celebrate the start of construction on the league's newest spring-training facility. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the $144 million spring home for the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals starting in January 2017, will be confined to a small area on the 160-acre site south of 45th Street.
- 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.
- Fans Weigh In on Penn State Renovation Plans
by Mike Gross November 2015
Beaver Stadium isn't going anywhere, but it is going to become more user-friendly. Even if that means sacrificing seating capacity.
- Atlanta Lands 2018 College Football Championship
by Tim Tucker November 2015
College football's national championship game is coming to Atlanta. The marquee event will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium --- the Falcons' new home under construction downtown --- in January 2018, College Football Playoff officials decided Wednesday. The game, representing the first college football championship to be determined in the city, will cap the first season in the $1.4 billion stadium, slated to open in March 2017.
- Penn State Holds Town Hall on Stadium Renovation Plans
by Mike Gross November 2015
The Penn State administration is holding a town hall meeting today on strategic planning of university athletic facilities, including the possible renovation or replacement of Beaver Stadium. At his weekly press conference Tuesday, football coach James Franklin was asked about an issue the plan will have to finesse: Would you sacrifice seating capacity to increase comfort and amenities? Franklin could have demurred, saying he's just focused on football, etc. He didn't, at least until the end of his response.
- 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.
- Opinion: New Stadiums Not Always a Community Boost
by Inquirer Editorial Board November 2015
Not long after Camden schoolchildren chose a name for the unaffiliated minor-league team that would occupy a ballpark on the Delaware 15 years ago, a representative of the nearby aquarium informed the Daily News that "there really isn't anything called a river shark." Now there isn't anything called the Riversharks either.
- 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.
- Bucks Say New Arena Won't Open Until 2018
by Tom Daykin October 2015
The club had initially hoped to have the arena completed by the start of the 2017-'18 season. However, that schedule turned out not to be realistic, said Jake Suski, Bucks senior vice president of communications and broadcast.