• Canadian Bridge Staffing Improves Bills Game Commute

    by Robert J. McCarthy News STAFF Reporter December 2014

    Canadian fans returning home from Sunday's Buffalo Bills game at Ralph Wilson Stadium experienced their smoothest trip all season across the Peace Bridge, prompting fist bumps and high-fives from officials long seeking better efforts from customs officials in Fort Erie, Ont.

  • Ole Miss Expanding, Upgrading Stadium, Adding Arena

    by Staff and wire reports December 2014

    Hailing it as a renovated "front door" for the university, Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork on Monday outlined a series of upgrades to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, including an increase in capacity to 64,038 by the start of the 2016 football season.

  • FAU Not Seeing Return on $70M Stadium Investment

    by Jeff Ostrowski, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer December 2014

    Retired football legend Howard Schnellenberger strolled the sidelines during Florida Atlantic University's season finale last month, a setting that offered a study in contrasts. There was FAU's $70 million football stadium, a facility so palatial that ESPN will showcase it during the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl this month. Then there was the sea of empty blue seats, a stark reminder that precious few fans care about FAU football.

  • Braves' Park-and-Ride Plan Concerns Mall Owners

    by Dan Klepal; Staff December 2014

    Owners of the Cumberland Mall are concerned that the Atlanta Braves' parking plan for the new stadium will include fans hijacking some of the 5,600 parking spaces at the mall, then riding a circulator bus to the ballpark.

  • Disappointed by Rink Finances, Council Keeps Up Support

    by SCOTT TAYLOR, Staff Writer December 2014

    Mayor Jonathan LaBonte reiterated his support for the city's dual-rink ice arena Monday night, despite some disappointing financial forecasts.

  • Northern Illinois $138M Facilities Plan Spurs Big 12 Talk

    by Chicago Daily Herald December 2014

    When Northern Illinois unveiled a privately funded, $138-million plan to build new athletic facilities and double the capacity of Huskie Stadium a few weeks ago, there was widespread enthusiasm among the alumni base. After all, it has been nearly 25 years since NIU devised an "Athletics Facility Master Plan," and it naturally got fans wondering if there was something more afoot.

  • Other Teams Have Paid More Than Rays to Break Lease

    by Christopher O'Donnell December 2014

    ST. PETERSBURG - When a professional sports franchise ups and moves away, things tend to get ugly. Seattle's legal dustup with the Supersonics after the team moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 ended in the NBA team paying a $45 million out-of-court settlement. The city of Pontiac in 2000 sued the Detroit Lions for damages totaling more than $100 million when the NFL franchise broke its lease and abandoned the Silverdome. So the sight of St. Pe tersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Tampa Bay Rays officials jointly announcing a deal that opens the door for the team to break its Tropicana Field contract has raised eyebrows among sports economists.

  • 2014 College Facility Playoff

    by AB Staff December 2014

    Voting in this round is now closed. Click here to vote in the quarterfinals.

    In the spirit of this year's inaugural College Football Playoff, we're launching a playoff of our own — a playoff to determine the best stadium in college football. Our bracket includes 16 stadiums, so unlike the real College Football Playoff, there won't be any moaning and groaning about who finished ranked fifth. In our field for example, Baylor is in, Florida State is out. Probably a small consolation to the Bears at this point.

  • 2014 College Facility Playoff: Part 2

    by AB Staff December 2014

    Voting in this round is now closed. Click here to vote in the quarterfinals.

    The Sub-100,000 Capacity Region: Whether it's a new-school venue like Baylor's McLane Stadium or a classic like Notre Dame Stadium, these venues stand out among college football's best, despite not seating 100,000.

    New to the College Facility Playoff? Here's a refresher on our criteria and a link to vote in the 100,000+ Capacity Region.

  • Council Wants Buffalo Site Considered for Bills Stadium

    by Harold McNeil; News Staff Reporter December 2014

    As the National Football League and the Bills push for a new stadium, the Buffalo Common Council this week made known its desire that a new arena for the Buffalo Bills be built within the city limits.