Facilities: Stadium & Arena
- Hawks CEO: Philips Arena Upgrades Target Millennials
by Matt Kempner November 2016
It used to be that the kids would get their own play room. Now, as they've gotten older, it looks like they're going to get their own sports arena. Boosted by Mayor Kasim Reed's promise to kick in three-fourths of the upfront cost, leaders of the Atlanta Hawks are planning a $192.5 million renovation of Philips Arena aimed at wooing more young adults. "This will be the first arena designed for a millennial audience," Hawks CEO Steve Koonin told me. Millennials, schmillennials. They're the golden ones now, not just for a basketball team anxious to sell more tickets and beer but also for most any marketer, retailer, techie or employer nervously eyeing the future.
- Minor League Stadium Installs $2M Canopies
by Bill DiPaolo November 2016
Tired of leaving Jupiter's Roger Dean Stadium looking like a lobster after sitting in the sun for nine innings? After hearing those complaints for years, stadium officials are spending about $2 million to build canopies that will bring shade for about 1,400 of the about 7,000 seats. The project is to be done by the time the umpire shouts "Play ball!" for spring training opening day Feb. 25.
- Atlanta Hawks to Buy D-League Team, Build Arena
by Chris Vivlamore November 2016
The Hawks will purchase and operate their own NBA Development League team in College Park, according to a person familiar with the situation.
- Georgia State Regents Back Turner Field Plan
by Molly Bloom and J. Trubey November 2016
Georgia State University's plan to buy Turner Field and remake it into a Panthers football stadium cleared a major hurdle Wednesday when it won unanimous approval of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. The Regents' approval of the $53 million plan to buy and overhaul the stadium and some surrounding property is a milestone for the downtown university and its development partners, and keeps the purchase on track to be completed by the end of the year. A presentation to the Regents showing what the stadium could look like included new grandstands in what are now The Ted's right and center fields.
- San Diego Officially Rejects New Chargers Stadium
by The Buffalo News November 2016
After years of posturing and threats, the San Diego Chargers could be on the move. Voters in San Diego County on Tuesday soundly rejected a referendum that would have steered hundreds of millions of tax dollars toward a stadium that the team wanted to build in downtown San Diego.
- Chargers Stadium Measure Comes Up Well Short
by Vinny Bonsignore November 2016
If you really want to know what the Chargers thought about their chances of getting their downtown San Diego stadium measure passed Tuesday - and what their next move will be - consider who we didn't see recently in San Diego. That would be the commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell.
- Group: Seattle Arena Won't Be Simple Accomplishment
by Kate Martin November 2016
The road in question is Occidental Avenue South. If an arena were built there, Port of Seattle officials have said added traffic would delay truckers trying to deliver goods through the Emerald City to points beyond.
- Fanatics Inc. to Run In-Stadium Falcons Team Store
by Tim Tucker November 2016
Continuing to gear up for business in its new stadium, the Falcons organization has signed an outside company to handle merchandise sales there. Fanatics Inc., a leader in the field of officially licensed sports merchandise, will operate sales for all events at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. That will include running a two-story, 9,000-square-foot team store to be built off the fan plaza on the stadium's east side.
- Crews Race to Finish Spring Training Stadium
by Tony Doris November 2016
The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches will be complete by Feb. 28, in time for the opener between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, but not a second sooner. Representatives of both baseball teams told the county commission Tuesday morning they're sprinting to the finish, no thanks to Hurricane Matthew, which required work crews to spend two days securing the 161-acre Haverhill Road site and two more days getting it unwrapped and back in action.
- Atlanta United Will Pay $1M-Plus to Rent Stadium
by Doug Roberson November 2016
Atlanta United likely will pay the Georgia Tech Athletic Association more than $1 million to rent Bobby Dodd Stadium for game days from March 2017 until the soccer team moves into its home at Mercedes-Benz Stadium later next year.