• End of Stadium Tax for Miller Park on the Horizon

    by Tom Daykin March 2016

    The Milwaukee metro area sales tax used to help finance Miller Park will likely end between 2018 and 2020, according to a new report. That's the same range that was forecast in a similar report last year from Public Financial Management Inc., a consulting firm hired by the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District.

  • Purdue Starts Crowdfunding Campaign for LED Lights

    by Stuart Goldman March 2016

    The Purdue University athletic department has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise a portion of the costs for new LED lights at Mackey Arena.

  • Atlanta Hawks Seek Downtown Redevelopment

    by J. Scott Trubey, Greg Bluestein March 2016

    The Atlanta Hawks are in discussions to redevelop the area surrounding Philips Arena into a mixed-use entertainment district, multiple people with knowledge of the negotiations told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The plan, which would involve investments of hundreds of millions of dollars, could rank among the largest commercial redevelopments conceived for downtown Atlanta in a generation, according to several people who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the negotiations. The discussions are fluid and coincide with negotiations with the city over public support for a major Philips Arena renovation, which was first reported by the AJC in October. But the Hawks and its partners would steer private development around the arena.

  • Opinion: Stadium Area Development Plans Idealistic

    by Lee Schafer March 2016

    The advisory group that hopes to guide the redevelopment of the area around a new soccer stadium in St. Paul wanted, among other things, a plan that was "transformative and realistic." Soccer team principal Bill McGuire and the owner of the Midway Shopping Center recently presented transformative in spades. In addition to a genuinely beautiful design for a Major League Soccer stadium, their plan looks as if a new Emerald City will get dropped on what is now cracked surface parking and faded single-story stores. With plenty of green space around a restored grid of pleasant streets, the new plan showed a cinema, a fitness club, residential buildings and four office projects. A representative of the firm that owns and runs Midway Shopping Center remarked that it could mean maybe $450 million in new construction.

  • Portland Timbers Stadium Expansion Options Addressed

    by Stuart Goldman March 2016

    It was another packed house at Providence Park in Portland, Ore., as the defending Major League Soccer champion Portland Timbers kicked off the 2016 season with a 2-1 victory over Columbus Crew SC on Sunday in a rematch of last year’s MLS Cup final.

    A sold-out crowd of 21,144 fans watched the match, a figure that likely will be announced at every home game this season. With a season-ticket renewal rate at 99 percent and a waiting list for season tickets at 11,000 (according to Timbers President Mike Golub), the discussion of how to expand Providence Park is well underway. The Oregonian reported the Timbers are in the fifth year of a 25-year lease on the city-owned stadium, which had a $40 million-plus renovation earlier this decade.

  • Rays Exec Has Lofty Vision for New Ballpark

    by Christopher O'Donnell March 2016

    Responsibility for pushing development of a new Rays ballpark will fall squarely on Melanie Lenz, team vice president for strategy and development. A new stadium, likely one of the Tampa area's most expensive undertakings in the next five years, is viewed by the team as critical to its long-term survival.

  • St. Paul Approves $18.4M for Soccer Stadium Costs

    by Jessie Van Berkel March 2016

    Soccer supporters packed St. Paul City Hall Wednesday night and urged the City Council to approve $18.4 million for infrastructure improvements around the proposed Minnesota United stadium. After extensive debate and community input, council members voted 5-2 to support the spending, and approved development and other agreements for the site. Some officials and residents expressed concerns about the fast pace of the project and future returns on the city's investment - but the majority of council members said the opportunity was too important to pass up. The $150 million Major League Soccer stadium is planned near Snelling Avenue and Interstate 94 in the Midway area. It would be the key piece of a larger redevelopment plan for a 34.5-acre site that includes a strip mall, parking lot and Metro Transit bus storage site.

  • Indoor Football Team Could Be Left Without Home Field

    by Abilene Reporter-News March 2016

    Abilene’s newest indoor football franchise may complete its inaugural season in the American Indoor Football league, but it won’t take place at the Taylor County Expo Center as scheduled.

  • Expanded Netting Coming to Minor League AT&T Field

    by David Paschall March 2016

    Baseball games at AT&T Field just got safer for the fans. Chattanooga Lookouts president and general manager Rich Mozingo announced Tuesday that the protective netting behind home plate will be extended to the far end of each dugout. Netting has protected fans in sections 108-111 and now will include sections 106-107 behind the first-base dugout as well as 112-113 behind the other dugout.

  • Skyway Links Vikings, Other Major Sports Venues

    by Jason Scott March 2016

    Downtown Minneapolis already has 8 miles worth of indoor skyway, but the current system is set to expand directly to the new home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.