• Kroenke's Pursuit of Vision Led Rams Back to L.A.

    by Vincent Bonsignore September 2016

    No one knows better than Los Angeles the complexity of getting all the essential components in place to create magic. Like, say, the 21-year Rubik's Cube we fiddled with trying to bring the NFL back to the second-biggest market after sitting vacant since 1994. A riddle finally solved by a billionaire from Missouri, and 300 acres of open land in Inglewood he swooped in and purchased two years ago. But more on Stan Kroenke in a bit.

  • Turner Field Could See GSU Football by 2017

    by J.Scott Trubey and Doug Roberson September 2016

    Georgia State University should have little trouble, architecturally speaking, making football happen at Turner Field in 2017. The Panthers hope to begin play in the ballpark next season, and the university could do so with relatively minor modifications while it develops a more extensive football-only redesign, two architects on the original stadium design team told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Though little is known about the university's ultimate plans or the potential cost, Georgia State President Mark Becker two years ago discussed reducing the Ted's seating to about 30,000 from its current capacity of about 50,000. That concept involved removing part or all of the upper deck and eventually building new seating in what is now right field. The Braves plan to exit Turner Field for their new Cobb County ballpark after this season, and Georgia State and its development partners plan to complete their purchase of the stadium and surrounding parking lots by Dec. 31.

  • Memphis Upgrades Designed for Both Fans and Recruits

    by Phil Stukenborg September 2016

    Inside, and out, there has been $38 million in public-private investment since 2010, capped this summer with the installation of 5,050 new premium blue seats with backs at a cost of $4.8 million, which the U of M is covering.

  • Utah State Debuts Stadium Improvements

    by Jeff Hunter September 2016

    A couple of hours prior to the kickoff of Thursday's game between Weber State and Utah State, the Aggies held a brief ceremony to celebrate the official opening of the new West Stadium Center at Maverik Stadium. Under the direction of Utah State athletic director John Hartwell, outgoing USU President Stan Albrecht cut a ribbon pulled across the southwest entrance of the five-story, $36 million structure.

  • Hard Rock Stadium Impresses Fans

    by Tom D'Angelo September 2016

    The stadium turns 30 years old this year but on Thursday the Dolphins debuted a $500 million makeover, complete with a canopy that will protect most fans from the elements. It also has four new HD video replay boards that total 22,400 square feet.

  • Roof Keeps Rain Out, Noise In at U.S. Open

    by Dayton Daily News September 2016

    When heavy rain began pelting the closed roof atop Arthur Ashe Stadium, Andy Murray couldn't pick up the usual sounds of a tennis match. Most important, he said, the thwack of a ball coming off his opponent's racket strings - or his own, for that matter - was completely indiscernible during Murray's 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 second-round victory over Marcel Granollers at the U.S. Open on Thursday.

  • Virginia Governor Makes Pitch for NFL Stadium

    by Michael Phillips September 2016

    At an event celebrating the Washington Redskins, it was Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe who stole the show on Wednesday. He did it first with a bold pronouncement, that the Redskins "are going to win the Super Bowl this year." He followed that up with some less-than-subtle courting of the team, which is looking for a site to build a new stadium.

  • Lawsuit: Unfair to Use LA Police as Stadium Security

    by Dakota Smith September 2016

    The battle over who should pay for security costs at Los Angeles Rams games escalated Wednesday as the city of Los Angeles was hit with a lawsuit over the use of police officers at National Football League events. Former Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine and Hollywood resident James Bibeau filed a taxpayer lawsuit against the city and Police Chief Charlie Beck in Los Angeles Superior Court that alleges unauthorized use of Los Angeles Police Department resources at Rams games. The LAPD isn't being compensated for security at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the department is too short-staffed to provide

  • Falcons Ink $850M Financing Package for New Stadium

    by Tim Tucker August 2016

    The Falcons organization has closed on $850 million in permanent financing for the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, team officials said Monday. The financing from Bank of America, SunTrust Banks and 18 institutional investors converts construction loans to long-term financing about a year earlier than the team had projected, according to Falcons executive vice president and chief financial officer Greg Beadles.

  • Citadel Considering Major Stadium Overhaul

    by August 2016

    The Citadel is considering tearing down the visitors side at Johnson Hagood Stadium and expects to make a decision by the end of the week, athletic director Jim Senter said Monday. Flaking lead paint, a health hazard, was discovered on the east side of the 21,000-seat stadium over the summer, and fans were not allowed to sit on that side during the Sertoma Football Classic earlier this month. With the Bulldogs home opener against Furman looming on Sept. 10, a decision on a way forward must be made soon, Senter said Monday after a meeting of the Board of Visitors operations and risk management committee.