Facilities: Stadium & Arena
- Contaminated Soil at Stadium Site Deemed Not Hazardous
by James Folker July 2017
The contaminated soil found during construction on the new GreenJackets stadium in Riverside Village is not nearly as bad as it could have been, City Council learned Monday night. The soil is not hazardous and is being removed and hauled to Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority in Jackson, S.C.
- Eight Dead After Riot Erupts at Senegal Soccer Stadium
by Andy Berg July 2017
Spectator safety continues to be a problem at soccer matches, as eight people were killed and scores more were injured at a Senegal Premier League final over the weekend.
According to a report from Aljazeera, fans of Ouakam and Sade de Mbour clashed Saturday as they were leaving the game. Police fired tear gas into the crowd, which resulted in a stampede as panic spread throughout the stadium.
Adding to the chaos, a wall that supported bleacher seating collapsed after police started firing the tear gas canisters into the crowd.
Matar Ba, the Senegalese sports minister, said a young girl was among the dead and more than 60 other fans were injured and taken to local health facilities. Ba vowed “strong measures” would be taken so that such an event “will never be repeated in Senegal.” The BBC put the number of injured closer to 100.
The clash between fans apparently began when US Ouakam supporters began throwing stones at Stade de Mbour fans after Mbour scored in extra time to go ahead 2-1.
Cheikh Maba Diop, a spectator at the match whose friend died when the wall collapsed, told the Associated Foreign Press, "All of a sudden when the wall fell... we knew exactly that some of our own had lost their lives because the wall fell directly onto people."
The BBC reported that Senegal’s Football Federation has temporarily suspended US Ouakam until the FSF can decide on sanctions against the team
- Misled by Flier, Hundreds Converge on Raiders Stadium
by Courtney Cameron July 2017
On Thursday, more than 700 people attended a board meeting of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority under the false impression that they would be able to apply to work at the new Raiders Stadium.
- Fans React to the ‘Largest Little Caesar in the World’
by Courtney Cameron July 2017
On Tuesday, the Detroit Red Wings posted aerial photos to the team Twitter and Facebook pages showing the progress of a 243-foot-tall Little Caesars logo being painted on the roof of the new arena — making it the “largest Little Caesar in the world,” according to the post.
- Neighbors Concerned Over Proposed School Stadium
by Paul Bowers July 2017
The Friday night lights might shine too bright. The roar of the crowds might be too loud. And what if they have rock concerts in there? These concerns and more were front and center Wednesday night as more than 100 people aired their grievances with a plan to open a new regional football stadium near Wando High School in Mount Pleasant. Charleston County School District officials present at the meeting said they had planned to build a new stadium at the school since it opened at its current location in 2004. In 2014, Charleston County voters approved a school construction referendum that included funding for a "new shared high school stadium for East of the Cooper."
- Minnesota Fans, Athletes Decry Arena Naming Deal
by Jim Souhan July 2017
This week's complaint from the long-beleaguered is that honorable old Mariucci Arena will be renamed The 3M Arena at Mariucci. The local company will pay $11.2 million over 14 years for the naming rights.
- Opinion: Thompson-Boling Arena Needs Facelift
by Jesse Smithey July 2017
Thompson-Boling Arena is monstrous. But big doesn't always mean memorable...
- Falcons CEO Shows Off Stadium in SEC Media Event
by D. Orlando Ledbetter July 2017
Falcons CEO and president Rich McKay showed a video and discussed hosting the SEC Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium during the SEC's media event Tuesday in Hoover, Ala.
- Arlington Reworks AT&T Debt to Fund Rangers' $1B Park
by Andy Berg July 2017
The city of Arlington, Texas, is getting creative with its finances as it shuffles around some debt to pay for a new $1B Texas Rangers stadium.
According to a report from the Star-Telegram, which examined documents approved at a June 27 City Council meeting, Arlington is set to use a half-cent sales tax, 2 percent hotel tax and 5 percent car-rental tax to fund up to $500 million of the Rangers' new stadium. The Rangers have agreed to carry the remaining cost.
Arlington is currently using those tax revenues to pay off the city’s $325 million commitment to AT&T Stadium, where the Dallas Cowboys play. The city will pull back on the accelerated payments it’s currently making to the Cowboys’ facility and use the savings to start construction on the new Rangers stadium.
Arlington has $147 million remaining on AT&T Stadium. The plan is to refinance that debt and extend the original payoff date to 2034. The city began paying on the 30-year note in 2005 but was on track to have it paid off by 2021, having already realized $118 million in savings through its aggressive payments.
The Star reports that the Rangers have agreed to a $100 million buyout price for the stadium should they decide to do so when the lease expires in 2054.
The city council has also approved the Rangers' proposed 10 percent admission tax and a $3 parking tax on game days to help cover its share of the facility. The Rangers, however, haven’t decided yet whether they will actually implement that revenue stream. Rob Matwick, vice president of business operations for the Rangers told the Star that the team is still “working through” its funding agreements and will make “those decisions soon.”
The original proposal for the Rangers' stadium had been a 38,000-seat venue, but Matwick said the team may increase that number. “It’s been a give-and-take while we’re in the design process,” he said. “I would say that in the next two months we’ll be much closer to a definitive number. But I expect it to fall in the 40,000-42,000 range.”
The Rangers currently play at the 49,115-seat Globe Life Park in Arlington, which opened April 1, 1994.
- Anderson University Adds Lights to Soccer Stadium
by Scott Keepfer July 2017
Rising fifth-year senior on the Anderson University women's soccer team Tera Dolan was overcome with emotion when...