Facilities: Stadium & Arena
Utah Jazz Officials Looking to Extend Life of Arena
by Aaron Falk The Salt Lake Tribune July 2015
In an era in which quarter-century-old arenas are routinely shuttered and demolished in favor of newer, fancier digs, Jazz officials say their preference is to stay put at EnergySolutions Arena.
The AB Extra: July 24
by Laura Godlewski July 2015
Featured in this week's AB Extra is news about an accidental addition to the ACC Football Media Guide, a creative way to dry out the L.A. Angels' field and a gym especially for dogs.
A Cry for Help Buried in the ACC Media Guide
Someone in the ACC is seemingly unhappy about something to do with its media guide.
The ACC Football Media Guide was released on Monday and on page 145 beneath Wake Forest's 2014 game results reads the phrase, "F--- this s---."
Different media sources have speculated as to why such a message would appear. Some say maybe it's a response to Wake Forest's less-than-stellar season. Another detailed his experiences with media guides, saying just reading them turned his "brain to mush" and he sympathized with whoever had to actually write one.
It's not known who wrote the message in the media guide, but the ACC has since removed it and released a statement regarding it.
“We sincerely apologize for the offensive error in the media guide. It has been appropriately updated," the ACC said.
International Special Olympics Spend Night in LA Gym After Transportation Delays
Special Olympians arriving in California on Tuesday for the 2015 World Summer Games had to make the best of a bad situation when transportation delays stopped them from getting to their host cities. This resulted in about 1,500 athletes having to sleep on the gymnasium floor at Loyola Marymount University for the night.
Athletes from the Cayman Islands, Kenya, Norway, Mexico, Norway and Venezuela were those affected by the delays when they arrived in Los Angeles. Despite being tired from a long day of travel, Kenyan swim coach Collins Marigiri told Fox News, "It really wasn't bad... The athletes didn't have any problems."
According to Marigiri, "They had food. They had water. They had a place to sleep. There were no medical issues."
Some of the athletes played board games and took advantage of the opportunity to meet athletes from other countries. At one point, a conga line was formed. The Red Cross provided bedding for the athletes and all were able to leave for their host cities on Wednesday.
The Opening Ceremony for the Games takes place on Saturday.
Controversy Over New Lululemon Beer
Yoga apparel company Lululemon has another PR snafu on their hands after announcing the release of a Lululemon branded beer with a cartoon totem pole on the can.
The company posted a picture of the beer can on Instagram last week and immediately drew backlash with some saying the cartoon was insensitive to Indigenous people. Some also questioned whether producing a beer was the right choice for a yoga company.
One Instagram user commented on the photo saying, “The ‘totem pole’ is cultural appropriation and incredibly offensive."
The beer, called Curiosity Lager, is limited edition and only 88,000 cans will be produced in conjunction with the 2015 SeaWheeze Sunset Festival and Half Marathon in August in Vancouver. It will also be able to be purchased in some liquor stores across Canada.
L.A. Angels Use Helicopter to Dry Rain-Soaked Field
For the first time since 1995, the Los Angeles Angels had a game rained out. The rain soaked the field, forcing the team to take some creative measures to get the field in playing condition for the next day.
The organization deployed a helicopter to fly over the field to dry it in time for the Angel's double header against the Boston Red Sox on Monday.
Despite being a little over-the-top, the field was dry by the time the game needed to start and the teams began play at 2 pm PT.
A Gym for Dogs... With a Pool
Dogs in Tucson, Arizona don't just have to hit the pavement anymore to get in their exercise. Now, they can become a member at A Loyal Companion, a rec center just for dogs, to get in their workout.
They can hit the pool to get some cardio or climb on inflatables to improve strength and balance. If they need some down time, the dogs can get a massage or reiki treatments or if they're looking to learn, there are options to enroll in obedience classes or therapy dog training.
Gym owner Kate Titus says A Loyal Companion is a great way for dogs to get exercise because many times, people don't walk fast enough for dogs to get enough of a cardio workout. She says her gym not only gives dogs a different way to exercise that's more complete, but it also allows for a nice bonding opportunity between dogs and their owners.
Currently, A Loyal Companion has about 50 to 60 members and dues start at $29 per month.
Study Shows Big Economic Benefits of United Center
by Sun-Times Wire, Chicago Sun-Times July 2015
If you went to an event at the United Center in 2014, the average price you paid for a ticket, about $98, was only a small part of your fiscal impact on the city and state, and benefit to the Near West Side.
Hawks Mull Arena Renovation, Construction Options
by Katie Leslie & Tim Tucker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution July 2015
The Atlanta Hawks are exploring three options for upgrading their home court, including renovating Philips Arena or building on the Civic Center site, Mayor Kasim Reed said on Thursday. The team is also eyeing another location within city limits, Reed said, declining to give more specifics.
Tensions Rise with Vikings Stadium Change Orders
by Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune (Mpls.-St. Paul) July 2015
The panel in charge of overseeing construction of the $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium has been in tense closed-door negotiations about what could be a $50 million dispute over change orders and cost adjustments, the outgoing treasurer of the board said Wednesday.
St. Paul Now Making Case for MLS Stadium
by Sid Hartman, Star Tribune (Mpls.-St. Paul) July 2015
Major League Soccer initially put a July 1 deadline on Minneapolis to have a financial and stadium construction plan in place, but that deadline has passed. St. Paul now is trying to make a bid to build the stadium there.
Beckham: Miami MLS Stadium Can Be 'World Class'
by Douglas Hanks and David Smiley, Miami Herald July 2015
David Beckham wants a “world-class stadium” next to Marlins Park, formally abandoning past reservations about the area and launching the latest chapter in Major League Soccer’s quest to bring a franchise to the city.
'Meet Your Seat' at Neyland Stadium, But Bring Wallet
by Mike Strange, Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee) July 2015
At a little past noon on a muggy July Wednesday, the sun broiled an empty Neyland Stadium. Well, not quite empty. Carl and Joyce Dunn of Lenoir City sat near the top of section Y6 in the north end of the lower bowl. In the spirit of the day, they were “meeting their seats.’’
Chicago to Shut Down Parking Lot Near United Center
by Tim Novak, Chicago Sun-Times July 2015
City Hall is preparing to revoke the business license for Peoples Stadium Parking, the latest salvo to stop the company from parking cars on city-owned property across the street from United Center.
Vandalism in 2013 Prompted Clemson Security Upgrades
by Mike Ellis, Anderson Independent-Mail (South Carolina) July 2015
The vandal or vandals who took away a piece of Howard’s Rock from Clemson University in 2013 may have been trying to remove the whole rock, the football facilities director testified Tuesday. Gary Wade, an assistant athletic director at Clemson, gave his testimony during the trial of Micah Rogers in the Pickens County Courthouse, part of the 13th Judicial Circuit.