• 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.

  • Changes to HS Stadium-Use Policy Advance

    by Matt Chittum August 2016

    Roanoke schools' effort to expand use of the stadium at Patrick Henry High School goes before the city's planning commission Monday with the blessing of the Raleigh Court Neighborhood Association board. The association's board voted recently to support the changes to stadium use rules after the school system dropped plans to allow spectator access to the stadium from the Blenheim Road side of the facility. "We feel the stadium has been a good neighbor and is an important part of our neighborhood and our vibrancy," said Mary Dykstra, president of the neighborhood association.

  • Stadiums with Art Provide Museum-Like Atmosphere

    by Mary Abbe August 2016

    Big-league sports teams are having an unlikely bromance with art. All around the country, new stadiums are popping up and boasting about their art collections. The Vikings' new $1.13 billion U.S. Bank Stadium is the latest in a lineup that includes the Yankees' $2.3 billion extravaganza in the Bronx, the Dallas Cowboys' $1.2 billion stadium and the San Francisco 49ers' $2 billion Levi's Stadium. At those tabs, today's stadiums really are "palaces for the people," as art museums were described a century ago.

  • Speedway Officials Preparing Fans for College Football

    by Jeff Birchfield Johnson City Press August 2016

    Bristol Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Caldwell encourages fans to get their battle plans ready for college football’s biggest game ever. At a Friday press conference, Caldwell and other officials pointed out some key differences between attending a NASCAR race at BMS and the upcoming Pilot/Flying J Battle at Bristol football game between the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech on Sept. 10 at 8 p.m.

  • Field Conditions Force Hall of Fame Game Cancellation

    by Zak Keefer August 2016

    The NFL season didn’t kick off Sunday night after all. Poor field conditions at Tom Benson Stadium prompted the cancellation of the NFL’s annual Hall of Fame Game on Sunday night in Canton. Thus the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers will play four only preseason games, like every other team.

  • Opinion: Let Millionaire Owners Pay for Their Own Stadiums

    by Justin Haskins August 2016

    If a local community is unwilling or unable to invest the hundreds of millions of dollars incredibly wealthy sports team owners demand, the team often leaves town for another city willing to foot the bill.

  • Opinion: Olympics Should Remain in Same Place

    by Paul Glastris August 2016

    Putting on a modern Olympics is a massive undertaking. Doing it for the first time, with no prior experience, taxes the management capacities of even a wealthy, sophisticated city or country. The Atlanta Olympics finance chief once said that her job was to create a Fortune 500 company from scratch, then take it apart at the end.

  • Construction on Hartford Ballpark May Resume Soon

    by Stuart Goldman August 2016

    It appears the on-again, off-again minor-league baseball stadium project in Hartford, Conn., could soon be back on again.

  • Narrow Dimensions Prevent Soccer Exhibition at Stadium

    by Todd D. Milewski August 2016

    There can be big money in hosting international soccer exhibitions at American sports stadiums, but for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Camp Randall Stadium doesn't measure up.