• Video: 2014 Facilities of Merit Preview

    by Michael Gaio August 2014

    The Architectural Showcase is always one of the highlights of the year here at Athletic Business. We invite architects, builders, consultants and facility owners to submit their best work from the previous three years. The difficult part is choosing just 10 of these outstanding facilities to earn the honor of being recognized as our Facilities of Merit.

  • Staffing Reductions Blamed for Cubs' Tuesday Tarp Fiasco

    by GORDON WITTENMYER. Staff Reporter August 2014

    A staffing decision by the Cubs' stadium operations might have made as big a difference as any "mechanical'' issue in creating the tarp-related mess Tuesday night that led to the historic decision Wednesday to uphold the San Francisco Giants' challenge of what was originally ruled a rain-shortened Cubs victory.

  • Erosion Under Hillside Bleachers Displaces Football Team

    by SUSAN FEYDER; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) August 2014

    The bleachers are built into the side of a hill, and this summer's heavy rains appear to have caused erosion under a concrete plaza at the top of the hill.

  • Lighting Upgrades to Save School $20K in Demand Fees

    by Ernie Clark BDN Staff August 2014

    With the stadium's electrical needs now linked to the adjacent William S. Cohen School rather than connected to the power grid separately like the previous light system, the school department that operates the facility will save an estimated $20,000 per year in demand fees.

  • FBS Dreams Drive Liberty University's $500M Makeover

    by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports August 2014

    At Liberty University, a private evangelical school suddenly flush with cash and immense athletics ambitions, three are a sparkling set of new athletics facilities that touch nearly all of Liberty's 20 varsity sports. Its baseball stadium, which opened last year, has player and fan amenities that would put most of the Southeastern and Atlantic Coast conference schools to shame.

  • NCAA Reps Assess Falcons Stadium's Final Four Potential

    by Tim Tucker; Staff August 2014

    NCAA representatives came to town this week to assess Atlanta's bid to host college basketball's Final Four in the new Falcons stadium, a task complicated by the fact that the proposed venue has yet to rise from the dirt of a downtown construction site.

  • Selig Still Stumping for New Stadium for Oakland A's

    by Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY Sports August 2014

    In the eyes of outgoing Commissioner Bud Selig, the reformation of baseball's economic system -- which has allowed franchises such as the Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals to flourish -- stands as the biggest accomplishment of his 22-year stint. The construction of 22 major league ballparks during that time -- a tidy average of one a season -- ranks high on his list, too.

  • Crown-Removal Could Boost WVU Turf Project to $3.5M

    by Mike Casazza August 2014

    The 2014 season will be the last season for the artificial turf at Mountaineer Field. West Virginia has one last chance to add to the legacy of a surface that's so far seen a 36-11 record, three Big East champions, one perfect home record, LSU, Texas, Oklahoma, Brian Kelly, Gene Chizik, Pat White, Bruce Irvin, Tavon Austin, 70-63, 66-21 and 13-9. The turf's shelf life is eight to 10 years and the athletic department is prepared to spend somewhere between $1.8 million and $3.5 million on a replacement, the low end for installing just new turf, the high end for first removing the crown beneath the field and putting down the new green stuff. Considering how rare crowns are and how much coaches don't like them, WVU is preparing for the high end.

  • Office Building Owner Sues Cobb, Braves Over Rezoning

    by Dan Klepal; Staff August 2014

    Fairly Breezy LLC, which owns about two acres on Heritage Court, across from the Braves stadium site, filed suit in Cobb Superior Court earlier this month, saying the county ignored zoning law that requires applicants to be specific about their development plans.

  • TCF Neighbors Welcome Vikings Invasion, Cash Infusion

    by Rochelle Olson, Staff Writer, Star Tribune August 2014

    With the Minnesota Vikings' move to TCF Bank Stadium, the ever-bustling University of Minnesota area will be even louder and livelier this fall and winter.