Facilities: Stadium & Arena
- Plans to Rename Verizon Center Fall Short
by Thom Loverro August 2017
Ted Leonsis had hoped for a big payday for the international naming rights for his arena, the Verizon Center, going so far as to hiring a company to secure those rights.
- Tar Heels Practice at Kenan Stadium During Construction
by Bob Sutton August 2017
With an indoor practice facility under construction and the previous practice site unavailable, the Tar Heels are holding workouts in Kenan Stadium.
- Bucks Open $31M Practice Facility in Milwaukee
by James Nelson August 2017
The Milwaukee Bucks celebrated the opening of their new practice facility Thursday, a key moment for both the renaissance of the team and downtown Milwaukee.
- Demolition Begins at Olympic Tennis Venue
by Tyler Estep August 2017
Officials from Gwinnett County gathered Tuesday afternoon at the once-proud venue that's been left to grow derelict and die since hosting events during Atlanta's 1996 Summer Olympics.
- Diamondbacks Trying to Slither Out of Chase Field Deal
by Andy Berg August 2017
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ dispute with Maricopa County over the state of Chase Field may have reached a tipping point.
According to a report from Yahoo Sports, Leo Beus, the Diamondbacks attorney, told a Superior Court Tuesday that the team may have to move if Maricopa doesn’t pony up the funds to make repairs to Chase Field. Beus said Major League Baseball is very concerned about the situation. “If Major League Baseball decides they want to create issues for us, there might not be baseball at all in Arizona.,” Beus said. “We’d like to keep the franchise in place. We’d like to make peace with Major League Baseball, not that we’re at war.”
The Diamondbacks have been seeking to get out of their lease and find a new home for some time, as Chase Field – home of the 2011 All Star Game – has fallen into disrepair over a dispute about who’s responsible for upkeep on the 22-year-old facility.
In March, the Diamondbacks sued Maricopa County, which owns Chase Field, for $65 million to cover outstanding repairs to the stadium. The Diamondbacks say Chase Field has recently seen broken sanitation pipes and an air-conditioning failure during a power outage.
Maricopa County officials argue that as “the facility manager,” the Diamondbacks are responsible for upkeep of the facility.
Cameron Artigue, an attorney representing Maricopa County, said the Diamondbacks are trying to paint the county as bad landlords. "This (lawsuit) has nothing to do with the water leaks and the merits of Chase Field," Artigue told AZcentral.com. "The Diamondbacks are the facility manager. When a pipe breaks, that is a Diamondbacks problem. And that is, in fact, what happened. They got out the mops and they mopped it up, and life goes on. It's a big facility and sometimes pipes break. So what?"
The judge overseeing the dispute, Karen Mullins, told the Arizona Republic that she’ll make a decision on whether to send the matter to trial or arbitration within the next two weeks.
- Dayton Arena Renovation Nears Phase One Completion
by David Jablonski August 2017
Sparks rained from the ceiling to the floor at UD Arena. The University of Dayton wasn't practicing an indoor fireworks show in advance of Dayton Flyers men's basketball coach Anthony Grant's debut in three months.
- Los Angeles to Host 2028 Olympic Games
by Rachel Axon August 2017
Los Angeles will host the 2028 Olympics after the city reached a deal with the International Olympic Committee.
- Rio's Olympic Velodrome Damaged by Fire
by Renata Brito August 2017
The track and roof of the velodrome built for last year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics was damaged in a fire Sunday when...
- Turner Field Transition to GSU Football Venue Complete
by Tim Tucker August 2017
Turner Field, the Braves' home of the past 20 years, is now the Georgia State football team's stadium.
- Pro Stadiums Tapping Taxpayers for Renovations
by Paul Steinbach July 2017
Renovation of an existing stadium is the frugal alternative to building one from scratch, but it does come at a price — and, as MarketWatch reports, taxpayers often help pick up the tab.
Within the past eight years, 17 professional sports stadiums have undergone renovation, and 15 of those projects used public money.
For example, Tampa taxpayers are footing 25 percent of the $100 million used to update Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the public paid $193 million to build the stadium in 1998. Moreover, the $100 million in improvements are roughly 10 percent of what it cost to build the Minnesota Vikings' U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened last year.
One exception to the facelift-through-public-financing rule is the Miami Dolphins' Hard Rock Stadium, a 30-year-old facility recently infused with $500 million of team owner Stephen Ross's own money. To put that figure into perspective, $500 million exceeds the cost of nearly every stadium built before 2008 but is half the average cost of every stadium built since 2009.