• Atlanta's New Stadiums Invest in Connectivity

    by Leon Stafford August 2016

    Metro Atlanta baseball and football fans should be able to simultaneously send tweets in the blink of an eye and livestream video without interruption when the area's two new stadiums open in 2017. Top managers leading the SunTrust Park and Mercedes-Benz stadium projects are trying to "future-proof" the arenas with hundreds of miles of fiber optic cable, a terabyte of capacity to handle simultaneous streams and more than 1,000 wireless access points. All that, they hope, will put the parks in the upper echelons of digital sports fields. The stakes are high: Today's sports fans go to games carrying cell phones, tablets and smart watches and expect connectivity that is as fast and as reliable as what they have at home or work.

  • New Era Buys Naming Rights to Bills Stadium

    by Jay Skurski August 2016

    The Buffalo Bills announced Saturday night prior to their preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts that they have reached a stadium naming-rights agreement with New Era Cap Company. Details of the deal, including the official new name of the stadium, will be announced during a news conference in the coming week.

  • Air Force Close to Completing Second Stadium Video Board

    by Colorado Springs Gazette August 2016

    Air Force is adding a second new video board at Falcon Stadium, it just hasn't been officially announced yet. The frames that will hold the new scoreboard in the north of the stadium were in plain view of Saturday morning's practice. A team representative said the project would likely be made public next week.

  • Bills Stadium Will Get Security Boost

    by Gene Warner August 2016

    The hand-held wands are mostly gone. In their place are walk-through metal detectors at every gate. That's the biggest change in gameday security for Buffalo Bills fans entering Ralph Wilson Stadium this year, and it starts Saturday at the preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

  • Switch from Speedway to Football Field Expected to Be Fast

    by Norm Wood August 2016

    About a week and a half ago, Bristol Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Caldwell showed Butch Jones around the race-track-soon-to-be-football stadium where Jones’ Tennessee football team will play Sept. 10 against Virginia Tech. Jones marveled at the giant, suspended videoboard support hovering above the track’s infield. Caldwell said Jones told him the scoreboard is a “game changer for facilities, for venues.”

  • Proposal to Rename Stadium Gets Tepid Reaction

    by Rachel Farkas August 2016

    School Director Tim Gapsky submitted a letter last month requesting that the board consider a name change to honor the late Lou Martig, who was a coach, teacher and athletic director at the district.

  • Wyoming School Gets Unique Athletic Arena

    by Kristine Galloway August 2016

    Cheyenne's Poder Academy charter school has a new outdoor athletic arena this year, and it's the first of its kind in the state. The arena floor is made of short turf that is soft for students, but solid enough to play sports on. The arena can accommodate basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball, among other games.

  • High School Breaks Ground on Multi-Sport Stadium

    by Dayton Daily News August 2016

    The stadium will host Oakwood High's soccer, track, field hockey and lacrosse teams. It is scheduled to be completed in time for spring programs.

  • Richmond Residents Unhappy with Football Partnership

    by Louis Llovio August 2016

    An overwhelming majority of respondents to a just-released survey are unhappy with the deal struck between Richmond and the Washington Redskins to bring the team's training camp to the city. According to the survey, 74 percent of respondents think Richmond's investment in the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center here has not been valuable, and 76 percent think the city should not continue paying the team a $500,000 annual fee. "Absolute boondoggle to spend money on this when the roads and school(s) physical plant is in terrible shape," one respondent said. "A billionaire owns the Redskins; let him build his own damn facility."

  • $4.3M HS Stadium Construction Snag Delays Opening

    by Nick Blizzard August 2016

    Problems with the installation of seating at Miamisburg High School's new football stadium have delayed its opening.