• Arlington Reworks AT&T Debt to Fund Rangers' $1B Park

    by Andy Berg July 2017

    The city of Arlington, Texas, is getting creative with its finances as it shuffles around some debt to pay for a new $1B Texas Rangers stadium.

    According to a report from the Star-Telegram, which examined documents approved at a June 27 City Council meeting, Arlington is set to use a half-cent sales tax, 2 percent hotel tax and 5 percent car-rental tax to fund up to $500 million of the Rangers' new stadium. The Rangers have agreed to carry the remaining cost.

    Arlington is currently using those tax revenues to pay off the city’s $325 million commitment to AT&T Stadium, where the Dallas Cowboys play. The city will pull back on the accelerated payments it’s currently making to the Cowboys’ facility and use the savings to start construction on the new Rangers stadium.

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    Arlington has $147 million remaining on AT&T Stadium. The plan is to refinance that debt and extend the original payoff date to 2034. The city began paying on the 30-year note in 2005 but was on track to have it paid off by 2021, having already realized $118 million in savings through its aggressive payments.

    The Star reports that the Rangers have agreed to a $100 million buyout price for the stadium should they decide to do so when the lease expires in 2054.

    The city council has also approved the Rangers' proposed 10 percent admission tax and a $3 parking tax on game days to help cover its share of the facility. The Rangers, however, haven’t decided yet whether they will actually implement that revenue stream. Rob Matwick, vice president of business operations for the Rangers told the Star that the team is still “working through” its funding agreements and will make “those decisions soon.”

    The original proposal for the Rangers' stadium had been a 38,000-seat venue, but Matwick said the team may increase that number. “It’s been a give-and-take while we’re in the design process,” he said. “I would say that in the next two months we’ll be much closer to a definitive number. But I expect it to fall in the 40,000-42,000 range.”

    The Rangers currently play at the 49,115-seat Globe Life Park in Arlington, which opened April 1, 1994. 

  • Anderson University Adds Lights to Soccer Stadium

    by Scott Keepfer July 2017

    Rising fifth-year senior on the Anderson University women's soccer team Tera Dolan was overcome with emotion when...

  • Raiders, Rebels Talk Parking, Other Stadium Concerns

    by Andy Berg July 2017

    The former Oakland Raiders organization and UNLV are confronting many challenges that will come with a planned $1.9 billion joint-use stadium.

  • Titans' Nissan Stadium Damaged by Fireworks

    by Paul Steinbach July 2017

    Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, sustained damage Tuesday when a fireworks shell launched as part of Nashville’s Fourth of July celebration detonated late upon landing in a designated fallout zone. The detonation blew out concrete and some seats on the west side of the stadium’s upper deck.

    Though rare, the malfunction illustrated the destructive power of shells designed for viewer entertainment. No one was injured by the misfire, but Pyro Shows, the company that has produced the Music City’s Fourth of July display for three decades, is financially responsible for the stadium damage.

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    “It took place toward the end of the show,” said Lansden Hill, owner of Pyro Shows, as reported by “The shells are supposed to go off in the air, but this one came back down and didn’t go off until it landed in the upper deck.

    “It was just one of those things that will occasionally happen. That’s why the fire code requires that we keep the crowd a certain area away from it. We know out of every 1,000 shells not all of them are going to work right.”

    The damage is not expected to impact upcoming stadium events, which include a pair of Gold Cup soccer matches — one this Saturday and another July 29. The Titans play their first preseason game Aug. 19.

    While a stadium event wasn’t the cause of this particular mishap, there are examples of what can go wrong when sports and fireworks intersect, including personal injury to spectators and trained pyrotechnicians alike. Read AB’s coverage here.

  • Former Northwestern Video Boards Get New Life at ACU

    by Abilene Reporter-News July 2017

    Abilene Christian's Moody Coliseum will have video boards, beginning with the volleyball season this fall. The boards will be hung on both the north and south ends of the coliseum later this summer, long before ACU's first home volleyball match on Sept. 23.

  • Ballpark Plans Hit a Snag as City Refuses to Sell Land

    by Matthew Piper July 2017

    A batter calling his shot at the University of Utah's proposed baseball stadium will need to turn a few degrees to the west. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski informed the U. on Wednesday that after hearing concerns from community members, the city won't sell a portion of Sunnyside Park required to build the ballpark in the school's preferred orientation.

  • Purdue to Expand In-Stadium Alcohol Sales

    by Courtney Cameron June 2017

    This fall, Purdue Athletics will expand beer and wine sales in Ross-Ade Stadium and Mackey Arena. The department was authorized to expand sales by the Purdue Board of Trustees and university president Mitch Daniels.

  • AB Stadium Spotlight: Hawks Go Big with Arena Renovation

    by Andy Berg June 2017

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  • Cities Struggle to Meet MLS Stadium Requirements

    by Courtney Cameron June 2017

    Major League Soccer may not have as many options as it expected as it moves toward final decisions in expanding its membership to 28 clubs.

  • Six Charged in 1989 Hillsborough Stadium Tragedy

    by Danica Kirka June 2017

    Prosecutors charged a former senior police commander with manslaughter on Wednesday in the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster that left 96 people dead - long-awaited vindication for the families of the victims after authorities spent years blaming fans for the catastrophe.