• Leaks, Loose Panels Prompt U.S. Bank Stadium Testing

    by Courtney Cameron May 2017

    After nine months in operation, the Minnesota Vikings’ U.S. Bank Stadium is experiencing unforeseen problems in the form of loose exterior paneling and leaky walls. On Friday, stadium officials told the StarTribune that it is yet unclear how serious the problem is, or how easy it will be to fix.

  • Minnesota State Senate Approves Stadium Oversight

    by Rochelle Olson May 2017

    The Minnesota Senate unanimously voted Thursday to overhaul U.S. Bank Stadium's public watchdog panel, agreeing with previous House actions in the need for change at the new $1.1 billion building. The House already has voted twice to restructure the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) and take tighter control of the agency's finances as well as its use of two publicly owned luxury suites. But the bills passed by each chamber differ on key points that need to be resolved before a version can go to Gov. Mark Dayton's desk.

  • Borrowing Plan OK'd for Mississippi State Ballpark

    by Jason Scott April 2017

    Mississippi State University trustees approved plans Thursday for the school to borrow up to $30 million to renovate and expand Dudy Noble Field-Polk DeMent Stadium.

  • Southern Indiana to Begin $57M Arena Renovation

    by Pat Hickey April 2017

    USI will break ground in May on the first of a two-phase, $57 million renovation of the Physical Activities Center - supplying its basketball and volleyball programs with a state-of-the-art arena that seats 4,000. There are currently 69 Division I gyms that are smaller than that.

  • Stadium Authority Won't Charge High School User Fees

    by Rochelle Olson April 2017

    New U.S. Bank Stadium oversight Chairwoman Kathleen Blatz put a quick and definitive end to discussions about a user fee on Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) events in the new $1.1 billion building. SMG, the global company hired to manage the stadium, had been in early discussions with the MSHSL about adding a fee of at least $2 to tickets for league events. SMG Executive Director Patrick Talty said the fee would be used to pay SMG's costs for the events. SMG doesn't charge rent to the MSHSL for the use of the building. But the MSHSL's free access is by design at the so-called people's stadium. Blatz, the former state Supreme Court chief justice serving as the interim chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), told Talty on Wednesday that a user fee for high school events isn't an option.

  • Portland Timbers Announce Stadium Expansion

    by Jason Scott April 2017

    Providence Park, home of the Portland Timbers MLS franchise, is set to receive a big upgrade under a proposed $50 million expansion plan.

  • Buffalo Sports Venues to Have Uber Ride-Hailing Zones

    by John Vogl April 2017

    There will be Uber pickup and drop-off zones outside New Era Field, KeyBank Center and HarborCenter. Uber is working with the Bills and Sabres to become integrated in the One Buffalo app.

  • Vanderbilt Surveys Fans about MLS Stadium Partnership

    by Adam Sparks April 2017

    Vanderbilt is asking its fans via a survey if they would attend football games at a "hypothetical stadium" shared with a Major League Soccer franchise.

  • Stadium Design Evolution from 1977 to 2017

    by Paul Steinbach April 2017

    From Athens, Greece, to Atlanta, Georgia, stadiums exist to give as many as tens of thousands of people a clear view of a singular field of play. That much hasn't changed for more than a century, but plenty has changed in terms of stadium design over the 40 years Athletic Business has been examining the process.

  • Latest Trend in Stadium Amenities: Luxury Housing

    by Jessica Coston April 2017

    By the time it's completed in 2019, the new stadium complex for the National Football League s Los Angeles Rams will span almost 300 acres with free-standing concession stands encased in glass and a 50-foot-tall video board covering the length of the playing field.