• Outdoor Plaza New Sticking Point for Bucks Arena Deal?

    by Tom Daykin, September 2015

    Tuesday's upcoming Common Council debate on whether the city should provide $47 million to help finance a new $500 million Milwaukee Bucks arena could include a clash over that development's outdoor plaza. The basketball club, and Mayor Tom Barrett's administration, want to permanently close one block of N. 4th St., between W. Highland and W. Juneau avenues. That block would be part of a public plaza between the arena and a planned entertainment center, and a big part of the city financing proposal. Sept. 15 vote But the council's Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee, in the endorsing the financing package, also recommended keeping the street open, and closing it only for basketball games and other events. Ald. Robert Bauman, who proposed the change, supports the plaza. But the city should otherwise keep the street open when events aren't occurring, he said.

  • Vapor Wake Dogs Are Advancing Gameday Bomb Detection

    by Paul Steinbach September 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.

  • Texans Changing to Synthetic Turf for Rest of Season

    by Jason Scott September 2015

    The NFL’s Houston Texans announced Friday that they’re replacing their natural grass turf with synthetic turf for the remainder of the 2015 season.

    The Texans will resurface the field at NRG Stadium immediately.

  • Saddleback College Stadium Will Host Prep Games, Too

    by bob Keisser, The Orange County Register September 2015

    When Saddleback College puts a shovel into dirt in late 2016 and launches construction of a new football stadium on campus, it will not be an effort just for the school. It will be a benefit for all of south Orange County, still the fastest growing part of the county. The new stadium will be used by the Gauchos' football, soccer, and track and field teams and will provide area high schools with a fresher, bigger home venue for their games. The original structure seats 4,500, with rented visiting bleachers, and the bathrooms are located outside the facility. The new stadium will seat 8,000 with two football practice fields and a soccer field with seating adjacent.

  • HS Stadium Debut Draw Expected to Exceed Population

    by Beatriz Alvarado September 2015

    The wooden box seats on concrete slabs reserved for Bella Blanton’s family for more than 40 years were comfortable, she said. Kind of. The Freer High School English teacher’s football season passes granted her six years of front-row access to each of her children’s athletic competitions. Both her sons were Buckaroos — jersey Nos. 55 and 63 — and her daughter was a cheerleader.

  • School Lacking Varsity Team Getting New Turf, Lights

    by Dave Dahl September 2015

    Eden High School didn't have enough players to field a varsity football team this year, but the district's School Board has taken another step toward a $22.15 million capital project that includes an artificial turf field and lights for night games.

  • Seat-License Sales at New Falcons Stadium Top $100M

    by Tim Tucker September 2015

    Two years from their first game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Atlanta Falcons have surpassed $100 million in sales of personal seat licenses. The Falcons have sold PSLs for 12,997 seats for a total of $116.7 million, according to figures obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from the Georgia World Congress Center Authority through an open-records request. The sales figures underscore the substantial role the seat licenses ? one-time fees for the right to buy Falcons season tickets over the next three decades ? will play in helping pay for the private portion of the new downtown stadium's construction cost. But the figures also reveal that the vast majority of seats in the 71,000- seat stadium are yet to be sold.

  • Fan Support for L.A. Relocation Candidates Flagging

    by Nancy Armour,, USA TODAY Sports September 2015

    Last weekend, when every team still had Super Bowl aspirations and a perfect record, droves of fans in Oakland, San Diego and St. Louis stayed away from their season openers.

  • No Pedestrian Bridge for Braves Stadium's First Season

    by Dan Klepal September 2015

    Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee said Wednesday the county plans to pay for a bridge over I-285 to the new Braves stadium with a combination of federal transit money and special purpose sales tax revenue --- despite the bridge not being on the SPLOST project list approved by voters in November. Lee also has given up on the idea that the bridge will be ready for the Braves' opening season in 2017.

  • Land Purchase Paves Way for Miracle League Ball Field

    by Nancy Bowman September 2015

    This soybean field and buildings along Troy-Sidney Road to the north of Duke Park is part of an expansion by the city for the future site of Miracle Field for the developmentally disabled as well as other athletic fields. JIM WITMER / STAFF