• Team Owner Asks City for Stadium Rent Relief

    by Tim Mekeel September 2016

    The owner of the Lancaster Barnstormers, enduring heavy losses, is asking Lancaster County to help pay its rent at Clipper Magazine Stadium. But Lancaster Baseball LLC would repay the county for its contribution - $5.85 million over nine years - in full by 2034. Lancaster Baseball LLC unveiled its plan Tuesday morning at a work session of the Lancaster County Commissioners.

  • MLB Teams Pursue New Ballparks Earlier than Expected

    by Jorge L. Ortiz and Ray Glier September 2016

    As he exited Major League Baseball in 2014, former commissioner Bud Selig proudly pointed to the 20 new ballparks that opened during his 22-year tenure as a major part of his legacy. He probably figured they would last quite a bit longer, though. As one team bids farewell to a stadium only two decades old, another facility in the same age range is on the endangered list and a third one -- younger than the other two -- could be abandoned as well. At this rate, much of Selig's ballpark legacy could be obliterated in a matter of years. That raises concerns that major league cities -- which in some cases might have recently finished paying for a stadium or have bond obligations decades into the future -- could be faced with having to raise money for a new venue or risk seeing the occupants leave, or at least threaten to. Though teams typically sign 30-year leases when they move into a ballpark, the increased revenue generated by amenities at state-of-the-art stadiums -- plus the cachet of the new toy for the owners -- has prompted sports franchises to push for modern facilities sooner than in the past.

  • Northwestern Hoops to Relocate 2017-18 Home Games

    by Daily Herald September 2016

    With its home court scheduled for a major renovation, the Northwestern men's basketball team will play its home games for the 2017-18 season at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

  • Virginia Beach Officials Plan Arena Finance Session

    by Alissa Skelton September 2016

    A new report says the city should move full steam ahead with building a sports and entertainment arena near the Oceanfront. But the public won’t get a detailed explanation for how Johnson Consulting arrived at that conclusion because many of the financial predictions upon which it’s based have been redacted from the report.

  • Work Begins to Replace Sewage-Flooded HS Stadium

    by Kendi Anderson September 2016

    For decades, students at The Howard School have played on a field that is often flooded with sewage. Community members have long been advocating for a new stadium, and with the support of numerous elected officials, it may finally become a reality. Howard boosters were joined last Wednesday at the site of the potential stadium by state lawmakers, Hamilton County commissioners and past and current school board members, while Tennessee American Water worked to remove three fire hydrants from the property.

  • Bowling Green Arena Manager Pleads Guilty to Theft

    by Jennifer Feehan September 2016

    The former general manager of Bowling Green State University's Stroh Center pleaded guilty Wednesday to grand theft and tampering with records for taking money derived from high school athletic tournaments held at the arena.

  • Atlanta Braves Allegedly Shortchanged Authority $400K

    by Stuart Goldman September 2016

    As the Atlanta Braves prepare for their final six games at Turner Field, their breakup from Fulton County, Ga., is becoming more strained.

  • Board Eyes Updates for City-Owned Stadium

    by Nancy Bowman September 2016

    The Tipp City Exempted Village Schools Board of Education again is looking at options for a football/soccer stadium, this time with participation by the city.

  • Hard Rock Stadium Unveils Don Shula Mural

    by Hal Habib September 2016

    When the Dolphins unveiled a mural with the likeness of Don Shula at Hard Rock Stadium on Thursday, the Shula family was represented by son David, which signaled the best news of all. Don couldn't attend, David told The Palm Beach Post, because he and wife Mary Anne were at their summer home in San Francisco. The reason it's significant that Don is able to travel to California: He recently had a pacemaker implanted. "He's doing fine," David said. "He had the pacemaker put in back in May and since then he's recovered nicely and he has good quality of life ."

  • Report: NFL May Move Panthers Game in Charlotte

    by Stuart Goldman September 2016

    UPDATE: NFL Public Relations representative Brian McCarthy said that the league is currently planning on playing Sunday's game at home as scheduled.

    The original story continues below.

    Sunday’s game between the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings in Charlotte, N.C., may be moved because of this week’s social unrest in that city, according to a report.