• David Beckham Secures Site for Miami Soccer Stadium

    by Douglas Hanks and David Smiley March 2016

    David Beckham and his investors have purchased the private land needed for a new stadium in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood, the organization announced Thursday, marking the first time the celebrity athlete has actually acquired Miami real estate for his Major League Soccer franchise.

  • Minneapolis Construction Firm Tapped for Bucks Arena

    by Rick Barrett March 2016

    A Minneapolis firm has been named general contractor for construction of the new Milwaukee Bucks arena. Mortenson Construction says it is the second-largest sports complex builder in the country, having completed more than 160 sports and entertainment projects in the U.S., and currently building the future homes of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings (U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis) and MLB's Atlanta Braves (SunTrust Park in Cobb County, Ga.). Mortenson also has been hired to build the Chase Center, the future home of the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco. "Mortenson and all our team members are excited to be selected by the Bucks organization as the builder for their new arena," Derek Cunz, vice president and general manager of Mortenson's Sports Group, said in a news release.

  • Ohio Stadium Gets Temporary Grass for Soccer Friendly

    by Shawn Mitchell March 2016

    An international friendly between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain will be played on a temporary grass surface at Ohio Stadium that will begin to be installed several days prior. Because of the 105,000-seat stadium's configuration, the field will measure about 68 yards wide, 2 yards shy of FIFA regulations but about 5 yards wider than the field on which the Crew played.

  • NFL Officials Hope for New Bills Stadium

    by Vic Carucci March 2016

    Commissioner Roger Goodell, executives at the league office and owners of other NFL teams believe it's imperative that the Bills have a new stadium

  • St. Paul Council Divided On Soccer Stadium

    by Jesse Van Berkel March 2016

    St. Paul officials have agreed that taxpayers will cover infrastructure improvements around the proposed soccer stadium and forgo property taxes at the stadium site - and some City Council members say that's enough. Council Member Rebecca Noecker will propose a resolution Wednesday opposing tax-increment financing (TIF) at the 25-acre Midway Shopping Center property next to the planned Minnesota United stadium. The Midway property is part of a 34.5-acre site at Snelling and University avenues that would be transformed by the developers' master plan. "We trust that [the stadium] will be a catalyst," Noecker said about development of the Midway property. "I don't think creating a new TIF district on the site is warranted."

  • Jacksonville Seeks to Attract Events to Everbank Field

    by David Bauerlein March 2016

    The "world's biggest scoreboards" at EverBank Field would be a good match for a spectacle like Wrestlemania, allowing a stadium full of screaming fans to get up-close views of every grimace, taunt and body slam. When Gov. Rick Scott announced the host city for next year's Wrestlemania, he traveled to Orlando and hailed the news at the newly renovated Citrus Bowl. On April 2, 2017, Wrestlemania will fill the Citrus Bowl with 75,000 fans. EverBank Field will be empty that day. Jacksonville spends more than $10 million a year in hotel bed taxes at EverBank Field, which is far more than what the city spends on its outdated and undersized Prime Osborn Convention Center.

  • New Rams Stadium Could Attract Big Events to LA

    by AB Staff March 2016

    Just like Staples Center - which is the anchor to the thriving LA Live entertainment complex - Kroenke's stadium will be the focal point of a year-round sports and entertainment hub. And very soon after it opens in 2019, it will lure the Super Bowl back in the region that kicked it all off back in 1967.

  • Virginia Tech Baseball Stadium to Get $10-18M Upgrade

    by Mark Berman March 2016

    Virginia Tech's ballpark is getting a makeover - and a new name to help pay for it. Athletic director Whit Babcock said Monday that Tech plans to spend $10 to 18 million to upgrade English Field, the 27-year-old home of its baseball team. To help fund the expansion, Richmond-based Union Bank & Trust will pay Tech $3.5 million over the next 10 years for the naming rights to the ballpark. The facility will now be known as English Field at Union Park.

  • College Football Stadium to Launch Designated Beer Area

    by David Paschall March 2016

    Since becoming Finley Stadium's executive director in January 2014, Paul Smith has been seeking ways to enhance alcohol sales at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga home football games while having the school's support as well. Smith has accomplished that mission.

  • New Vikings Stadium Will Incorporate $7.5M 'Party Space'

    by Rochelle Olson March 2016

    The Minnesota Vikings will pay about $7.5 million to build more party space into the new U.S. Bank Stadium even before it opens. The space sits in the upper level of the northeast corner of the stadium, an area previously referred to as "entombed" because it was walled off and unfinished. The area will accommodate up to 904 fans, although the team had yet to determine what sort of packages will be sold for the area and what tickets will cost.