• Wrigley Renovations: Will Fans Get What They Deserve?

    by Mike Imrem, Chicago Daily Herald September 2014

    Sunday's Cubs game dragged on for 3 hours, 45 minutes, and provided plenty of time for daydream reflections. Primary among them was that this — our respective schedules being what they are — would be the last time I would be in this particular version of Wrigley Field.

  • Florida Gulf Coast Looking to Upgrade to In-Arena Video

    by Dana Caldwell, September 2014

    When 4,500-seat Alico Arena opened in 2002, it was home to an infant Division II program, and the 10-foot scoreboard that can display only a few ads, the score, time remaining and timeouts and foul counts was perfectly fine.

  • School Sports Complex Largest in State after $17M Reno

    by Aaron Besecker; News Niagara Reporter September 2014

    The vast majority of the changes happened behind Niagara Falls High School, where grass playing fields have been transformed with artificial turf into sparkling new playing surfaces for baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and football.

  • How Do You Pay for a New NFL Stadium? Team Effort

    by Jerry Zremski, News Washington Bureau Chief September 2014

    Now comes the hard part. Now that Terry and Kim Pegula have submitted the winning bid to buy the Buffalo Bills, experts in the economics of the NFL said attention inevitably will turn to a new stadium. NFL officials say the Bills need one.

  • ADA Settlements Result in Honda Center Access Upgrades

    by Art Marroquin, Staff Writer September 2014

    Changes will soon be made to parking, online-ticket reservations and employee training at the Honda Center to accommodate visitors with special needs under a settlement reached in two federal lawsuits that alleged the city-owned facility violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Video: Stunning Levi's Stadium Time-Lapse

    by Michael Gaio September 2014

    From groundbreaking to kickoff, watch the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium's 29 month construction process in less than two minutes.

  • How Small College Stadiums Can Use Size as Advantage

    by Nate Appleman September 2014

    When the media and the public talk about the facilities "arms race" in college sports, they tend to think about it in muscular terms: The biggest stadium, the highest capacity, the greatest number of (and most luxurious) suites. But as sports program administrators know, winning the arms race isn't about securing bragging rights. It's a race to attract top recruits; offer the best experience for athletes, donors and fans; and maximize revenue.

  • Plan to Let Team Owner Run Stadium Falls Through

    by Christopher O'Donnell September 2014

    - A proposed deal for Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards to run Al Lang Stadium appears to be dead for now. City officials announced a deal last week under which Edwards' Big 3 Entertainment would have taken over running the waterfront stadium where the Rowdies play in exchange for Edwards spending $1.5 million upgrading the stadium. The agreement, brokered by Mayor Rick Kriseman, was intended to resolve a lawsuit filed by the Rowdies against the St. Petersburg Baseball Commission, the nonprofit group that manages Al Lang and the Walter Fuller Complex on behalf of the city.

  • Mayor Wants Wrigley Work to Start Despite Pending Suit

    by Fran Spielman September 2014

    There's nothing a Chicago mayor with dismal poll numbers likes more heading into a re-election campaign than a groundbreaking ceremony for a $575 million project that creates 2,100 jobs.

  • Braves' SunTrust Park Naming Deal Worth $10M Per Year

    by Tim Tucker September 2014

    The Atlanta Braves' new stadium in Cobb County will be called SunTrust Park as a result of a naming-rights deal announced Tuesday by the baseball team and the Atlanta-based banking company. Braves and SunTrust Banks officials said the deal runs for 25 years, beginning with the ballpark's scheduled 2017 opening, but refused to make the financial terms public. Marc Ganis, president of the Chicago-based SportsCorp consulting firm, which has worked on numerous major-league stadium deals, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the naming rights likely fetched an average of about $10 million per year for the Braves.