Facilities: Stadium & Arena
- County Votes to Pay $14M to Braves for Improvements
by Ben Brasch March 2017
The taxpayers of Cobb County are now on the hook to the Braves for an extra $14 million of transportation and infrastructure improvements the team said the county owed.
- Beaver Stadium Renovation Delayed for Other Projects
by Frank Fitzpatrick March 2017
The onset of the massive makeover that administrators insist Beaver Stadium requires likely will be delayed at least five years while Penn State focuses on other sports building projects. At Monday's unveiling of the long-delayed athletics facilities master plan, athletic director Sandy Barbour said the complexity of updating the 57-year-old stadium necessitated the deferral. "We need that kind of runway to design, sequence, and fund it," Barbour said after the public meeting in Hintz Alumni Center. "Until then, we can't set [a deadline for completion]."
- U.S. Bank Stadium Collaborates with Audubon Bird Study
by Courtney Cameron March 2017
According to a new study from the Audubon Society, the Vikings’ new stadium has emerged as the leading killer of birds in the Twin Cities area.
- Pro Sports Leagues Flocking to Las Vegas
by Rob Miech March 2017
The NFL's Raiders seem ever-so-close to relocating here from Oakland. With the recent Bank of America financial aid disclosure -- for the nearly $2 billion RaiderDome, or whatever it will be nicknamed -- the likelihood of the approval of three-quarters of the NFL's 32 owners if they choose to vote at the annual meetings in Phoenix in a couple of weeks appears more fact than fiction.
- Virginia Beach Arena Developer Delivers Loan Document
by Butch Maier March 2017
Virginia Beach-based United States Management, the developer of a proposed $300 million Oceanfront sports and entertainment arena, delivered a loan commitment document March 7, 24 hours before City Council’s deadline.
- Bill Would Allow Stadiums to Bypass Bathroom Codes
by Seanna Adcox March 2017
Supporters say a South Carolina bill that lets football stadiums bypass international building codes stops taxpayers' money from being flushed down too many toilets. The bill, approved by the House 101-0 last week, reduces the number of restrooms required in newly built or renovated stadiums for middle and high school sports.
- High School to Dedicate 700-Seat Facility
by Tremayne Hogue March 2017
For the first time in school history, Oakwood High School will now have a dedicated sports facility to accommodate soccer, field hockey, boys and girls lacrosse and track.
- Minor League Ballpark Unveils New Name
by Jonnelle Davis March 2017
First National Bank and the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Monday unveiled the new name and logo for the Grasshoppers ' ballpark, now First National Bank Field.
- Ex-Facilities Chair Skipped Line for Premium Tickets
by Rochelle Olson March 2017
Michele Kelm-Helgen, as chair of the government agency overseeing U.S. Bank Stadium, jumped to the head of the line to buy front-row season tickets for Minnesota Vikings games. She also helped friends and family members buy the rights to nearby seats, before longtime Vikings season-ticket holders could claim them, records show. "I never intended to have been in the front of the line and would have waited to purchase tickets later if I had realized how early in the sales process this was," Kelm-Helgen said Friday. She resigned under pressure in February as chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority after intense legislative criticism of her use of two publicly owned luxury suites to entertain friends, family and DFL allies. She left her MSFA post Friday, several days ahead of her previously announced departure date.
- Balancing Revenue, Intimacy in College Arenas
by Mike Imrem March 2017
Normally when the subject is college-basketball venues, the word cringe-worthy comes to mind because of the compromises made.