• Pro Sports Teams Still Slow to Accept LED Lighting

    by Michael Sanserino, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette July 2014

    The San Francisco 49ers are putting the finishing touches on a $1.3 billion stadium in Santa Clara, California, meant to be one of the most environmentally friendly in the world. Solar panels on the roof will create enough energy over 365 days that the power used during the 49ers' 10 annual home games will be net neutral to the power grid, according to Al Guido, the team's chief operating officer. Toilets and sinks are more efficient than state standards, and the sprinkler system will use recycled water. But when the 49ers chose to install overhead lights to illuminate the field at Levi's Stadium, they opted against the most energy- efficient option. The team initially planned to install high-impact LED lights, but later decided to join the other 31 National Football League teams in opting for more traditional metal halide lights or incandescent bulbs.

  • Cubs Confident Landmark Panel Will OK Wrigley Plans

    by FRAN SPIELMAN July 2014

    The Cubs said Monday they're on the July 10 agenda for the Commission on Chicago Landmarks and expect to win approval for their revised plan to renovate Wrigley Field - including seven outfield signs, two of them video scoreboards - after a tweak to accommodate Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

  • Details Emerge Regarding Lightning Strike at Crew Game

    by Lori Kurtzman, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH July 2014

    He had just finished, of all things, a charity soccer game to raise money for fallen or injured police officers and firefighters. Stu Tudor, a 54-year-old Columbus fire lieutenant with more than two decades in the division, headed into the parking lot at Crew Stadium on Saturday night. Some think he was getting ready to leave. He paused at a portable toilet, and that's where time, nature and misfortune collided in the most unthinkable of ways.

  • Chicago World Cup Watch Party Moved to Soldier Field

    by Mitch Dudek, Staff Reporter June 2014

    Soldier Field will play host to the next World Cup viewing party when the U.S. Men's National Team takes on Belgium at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Stadium gates will open at 1:30 p.m. and admission will be free, although regular Soldier Field parking rates will apply, according to U.S. Soccer officials. The match will be aired on the giant video board on the north end of the stadium, and fans will be allowed on the field and in the stands.

  • Community College Scores $300K Naming Rights Deal

    by Jay Tokasz; News Staff Reporter June 2014

    The name of another car dealership will adorn the football and track stadium on the South Campus of Erie Community College. What has been known for years as Jim Ball Stadium now will be called West Herr Stadium under a new naming rights deal reached between the college and the Hamburg-based West Herr Automotive Group.

  • Rival Developers Proceeding with Separate Rink Plans

    by Laura Kinsler, Tribune Staff June 2014

    When plans were announced for a massive ice-skating complex on Interstate 75, it seemed to put an end to speculation about where Pasco County's first ice rink would be built. But rival Pat DeLorenzo said he hasn't given up his dream to build a hockey arena just one exit north.

  • City to Borrow $35M for MiLB Park Without Referendum

    by DAWN HINSHAW; June 2014

    COLUMBIA Columbia City Council moved ahead Tuesday on borrowing $35 million for a minor-league baseball stadium, ignoring a last-ditch effort to let voters decide the issue.

  • Oklahoma Sooners Announce $370M Stadium Renovation

    by Michael Gaio June 2014

    The University of Oklahoma will move forward with a major renovation and modernization of its football stadium the school announced Wednesday.

  • Despite Flooding, U.S. Soccer Match Given Green Light

    by Andrew Brandt June 2014

    There appears to be a leak in Recife, Brazil.

  • New Little League Park Result of Sales Tax Passed in '06

    by Michelle Piasecki Special to The Palm Beach Post June 2014

    Workers are putting the final touches on Citrus Grove Park, a new park next to Citrus Grove Elementary School in Palm City, while Martin County's plans are still uncertain for a covered horse arena at Timer Powers Park near Indiantown. Both projects are part of Martin County's capital improvement plan and are partially paid for through park impact fees and the $60 million raised through a half-cent sales tax referendum passed in 2006. Also, both locations could possibly bring in revenue for the county with Timer Powers Park home to the Indiantown Rodeo and Citrus Grove becoming home to the Martin County North Little League and a possible location for future tournaments.