• Opinion: Let Cubs Do What's Necessary to Wrigley Field

    by Doug Whitley June 2014

    Over the past few weeks, I have heard and read many opinions about the Cubs' latest plan for upgrading Wrigley Field. But from a business perspective, my organization, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, thinks the Cubs' plan is a no-brainer.

  • School Board Okays $4M Stadium, But Questions Linger

    by Dean Lee Evans, Correspondent June 2014

    The Donegal School District is moving forward with a roughly $4 million athletic stadium, despite lingering questions on exact costs and reimbursement from a proposed capital campaign.

  • Board Approves Raising $600K for UTC Stadium Turf

    by David Paschall June 2014

    Finley Stadium's board of directors continued to firm up plans for a new football field during Tuesday's meeting. Executive director Paul Smith already is targeting a field further down the road. Stadium Corp. members voted for a $600,000 two-year fundraising initiative that could lead to the installation of a new surface by kickoff of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's 2015 football season. Mike Davis oversees capital projects at the 20,668-seat facility and made the motion, which was quickly approved and had the resounding support of board chairman Bryan Patten. "It's an ambitious undertaking," Patten said. "The depreciation of Finley Stadium is largely unfunded. We're almost 18 years old, and stadiums have lives of about 40 years. We have a fabulous facility, and we're trying to recognize the quality of what we have with this two-year fundraising effort.

  • New Bucks Owners See Opportunity in Arena Design

    by CHARLES F. GARDNER, June 2014

    The process of building a new downtown arena for the Milwaukee Bucks will get a jump-start Wednesday when three or four stadium design firms present plans to new owners Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry in New York.

  • Photo: Eastern Michigan to Install Gray FieldTurf

    by Michael Gaio June 2014

    Eastern Michigan University will soon be home to Division I football's first gray playing surface. The school announced last week it will install the colored FieldTurf Revolution surface at Rynearson Stadium.

  • Northwestern's Peanut-Free Policy to Include Five Sports

    by Rexford Sheild June 2014

    The Northwestern athletic department has announced it will hold three peanut-free football games in 2014, including games against Cal on Aug. 30, Northern Illinois on Sept. 6 and Western Illinois on Sept. 20. 

  • Beer and Wine Sales Trending at College Stadiums

    by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports June 2014

    Southern Methodist's Rick Hart and Texas A&M's Eric Hyman run athletics departments that share a state, once shared a conference and still have enough in common to play each other in multiple sports, including football this season. But Texas A&M fans who land tickets to their team's Sept. 20 game at SMU's Ford Stadium will have the opportunity to do something that is forbidden in the Aggies stadium: buy a beer. After a successful trial run during basketball season that netted the athletics department a six-figure windfall over the course of 12games, SMU is one of a handful of schools that will begin selling beer and wine at its on-campus stadium. And with athletics departments getting ready to absorb multimillion-dollar obligations in new player benefits thanks to a wave of litigation and NCAA restructuring, it's plausible that others might soon follow suit.

  • Opinion: Renovation Wiser than Building Bills Stadium

    by The Buffalo News June 2014

    Generalizations not backed by evidence, pronouncements without a premise, conventional wisdom that doesn't sound smart. The idea doesn't make any more sense to me now than when it was first floated, yet the "new stadium" drumbeat just gets louder. Logic can't stop it. Questions won't muffle it. Concerns barely slow it. I'm getting flashbacks to the dreaded "silver bullet" days of gotta-do-it, taxpayer-subsidized, salvation-promising projects that had little foundation in common sense and, if they were built, did us more harm than good. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

  • Atlanta's New Stadiums Focus on Fans in Different Ways

    by Tim Tucker; Staff June 2014

    Seats that would vibrate with each hard hit on the field didn't make the final cut. But a 100-yard-long bar and a fantasy football lounge did make it, along with a roof that is supposed to open and close in about seven minutes. The Falcons last week received complete design drawings from their architects for the team's downtown stadium, a milestone in the transition from the planning to building phases of the project. The Braves, meanwhile, said their architects continue to refine the design and amenities of the team's planned Cobb County stadium, with particular emphasis on the connection between the ballpark and an adjacent entertainment complex. Both stadiums are scheduled to open in the spring of 2017, if all goes as planned. Both teams vow the venues will significantly change the fan experience, albeit in different ways.

  • Track Removal to Begin at at KU's Memorial Stadium

    by The Capital-Journal June 2014

    Kansas' Memorial Stadium is officially losing its track.