Facilities: Stadium & Arena
Fifteen Years Later, Miller Park Crane Collapse Haunts
by Don Walker, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 2014
The ironworker, the engineer, the sheriff and the lawyer didn't hear the screeching sounds, the popping noises and the loud bangs as the 567-foot-tall Big Blue crane lifting a 450-ton piece collapsed into the innards of Miller Park on a warm and sunny day 15 years ago.
Landmarks Commission Okays Wrigley Renovation Plan
by Chicago Sun-Times July 2014
The headlines, stories and artists' renditions about what a renovated Wrigley Field would look like go back years. Whatever it was supposed to be always had an unreal feel to it because nothing changed, not even one brick. Why worry about something that was never going to happen? A wrecking-ball of a ruling arrived Thursday. It told us to finally brace ourselves. The old ballpark at Clark and Addison is not going to be the same.
Va. Beach Officials Face Clearer Arena Costs, Concerns
by ROGER CHESLEY July 2014
Officials this week told the council the privately financed, $200 million arena would need $52.7 million to nearly $79 million to improve infrastructure at and around the facility. The higher total includes money for streetscapes and intersection work - something the city should do for ease of movement and aesthetics.
Raiders, A's at Odds Over Coliseum's Future
by Andrew Brandt, Athletic Business Intern July 2014
The A's are inking a deal to remain in the O.co Coliseum for 10 years; the Raiders are making separate plans to tear it down and build a new stadium on the exact location. Forget Orange County — real California drama happens in Oakland.
Fundraising Website Launch Includes GSU Renderings
by Doug Roberson, Atlanta Journal-Constitution July 2014
Georgia State debuted a website for its Panther Athletic Club, which included new renderings of facilities it hopes to build. The website, www.georgiastatepac.com, had been under construction for six months.
Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium to Offer Alcohol on New Patio
by Journal Gazette July 2014
With nearly 6,000 bleacher seats removed, the southzone at Ross-Ade Stadium is being turned into a patio area that will serve alcohol and food during games, Purdue announced Tuesday.
Texas A&M Adds Biggest Video Board in College Sports
by Michael Gaio July 2014
Holding true to the "everything is bigger in Texas" mantra, the Texas A&M Aggies now have the biggest video board in college athletics. The new Daktronics board was finished on Tuesday and gives the Aggies the title over the University of Texas, which will have to settle for having the second biggest board.
Little Consensus on Where to Build New Bills Stadium
by Robert J. McCarthy and Jerry Zremski; News Staff Reporters July 2014
The question has been on the minds of every Buffalo Bills fan ever since National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell said the team needs a new stadium: Where should it be? Of course, that question is a lot like politics and religion, or the debate over Buffalo's best chicken wings. Everybody has an opinion. But in this case, some opinions - like those of real estate developers who have built big things themselves, or of preservationists who have fought to save Buffalo's historic character - might weigh more heavily in the debate than others. For that reason, The Buffalo News asked several developers, as well as one of the area's leading preservationists, to offer ideas on where a new stadium ought to go.
Illini Eye Home Court Alternatives Amid Arena Reno
by Mark Tupper July 2014
CHAMPAIGN — While the State Farm Center renovation schedule is not changing, the University of Illinois now acknowledges that the Illini men’s and women’s basketball teams will be displaced from their home court for several games in November of 2015. The Illini men are looking to find a new, temporary home for one exhibition game and four "home" nonconference regular-season games to be played in November 2015 before the premium seating and lower bowl of the arena are ready for use by Dec. 1.
Target Field Taps into Self-Serve Beer Stations
by Andrew Brandt July 2014
Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, made history on Sunday when it became the first Major League Baseball stadium to allow fans to pour their own beer.