• Minor League Team Coming to Little Caesars Arena?

    by Bill Shea February 2017

    The Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons eventually could have company at Little Caesars Arena in the form of a minor league sports team. Adding a third team remains a few years away, but it represents an opportunity for smaller businesses to spend marketing dollars inside the new arena they otherwise couldn't afford to pay with the major league teams. It's a difference of thousands versus millions. The Wings and Pistons are to begin play at the $635 million arena in September, but it would be at least three or more years before the venue and its management could realistically consider more teams in the building, said Tom Wilson, president of Olympia Entertainment. Olympia will handle scheduling at the new arena. For a couple of years, all attention will be on the complex task of moving two major league franchises into a brand-new 20,000-seat building, and scheduling concerts and other events jockeying to use the state-of-the-art facility, Wilson said.

  • Chargers' Move Will Be Months-Long Process

    by Jack Wang February 2017

    They will practice in Costa Mesa and play at Carson's StubHub Center, which for the next two seasons will serve as the NFL's smallest stadium. And Los Angeles, which has a reputation as a fairweather sports town, will have yet another entertainment option.

  • Astrodome Gets New Lease on Life

    by Mike Vaccaro February 2017

    They keep trying to make the Astrodome disappear, actually. They built Minute Maid Park for the Astros (which really IS downtown) and NRG Stadium for the Texans (and for Super Bowls, and for Final Fours). In 2013, voters rejected a bond issue that would've devoted over $200 million toward making the old dome a convention center. The Dome seemed doomed. And yet here it is, here it stays.

  • Council Supports $22M HS Stadium Construction

    by Imran Ghori February 2017

    Moreno Valley city officials pledged their support Tuesday for a football stadium at Canyon Springs High School, in what they called a new spirit of cooperation with the school district.

  • Despite Hurdles, Vegas Remains Raiders' Prime Option

    by Tom Pelissero February 2017

    Listen carefully to what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday about the involvement of a casino in owning part of a team or a stadium, and recent bumps on the Oakland Raiders' road to Las Vegas start to make more sense. "We recognize gambling occurs out in the marketplace, (but) we have rules that are in place," Goodell said at his annual Super Bowl media conference. "The Raiders have not asked us to compromise those rules as it relates to our policies. We will continue to have that separation going forward. I don't see an ownership position in a team from a casino."

  • MLS All-Star Game May Spark Chicago's Soccer Interest

    by Orrin Schwarz February 2017

    Major League Soccer announced Tuesday at Soldier Field that it is taking the first step toward making Chicago a soccer town again. Of course, commissioner Don Garber didn't exactly say it that way when he announced that the MLS All-Star Game will be played Aug. 2 at Soldier Field with the Chicago Fire as host.

  • Mayor Hopes Baseball Complex Will Attract Tourism

    by Marie C. Baca February 2017

    The city of Albuquerque broke ground Tuesday on an $17.8 million baseball complex officials say will attract tourists and other economic development opportunities. The Albuquerque Baseball Complex, to be located on the West Side near Interstate 40 and 98th Street, will contain five synthetic turf baseball fields and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The project's contractor is Bradbury Stamm, and the architects are Consensus Planning and G. Donald Dudley Architects.

  • Rift Widens Between Islanders, Barclays Center

    by Brett Cyrgalis February 2017

    It is not news to anyone who has been around the Islanders during their tenuous first year and a half as residents of Barclays Center that landlord and tenant aren't exactly best of friends. What has become clear over the past few days is that their rift is growing deeper. As reported Monday, Barclays Center put together a proposal for prospective investors with projections of revenues for years to come, and starting in 2019, that report didn't include the Islanders.

  • Spring Training Park Costs Rise to $150M

    by Joe Capozzi February 2017

    The final construction tab for The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the new spring training home of the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, could go as high as $153 million, an Astros official said.

  • Goldman Sachs Follows Sands out of Raiders Deal

    by Courtney Cameron February 2017

    On Monday, billionaire owner of the Sands hotel and casino in Las Vegas Sheldon Adelson, rescinded his promise of a $650 million contribution to the Oakland Raiders new stadium deal.