Facilities: Stadium & Arena
Study Urges Safer Pedestrain Access to Braves Stadium
by Andria Simmons, Dan Klepal; Staff June 2014
The state agency reviewing a traffic study for the new Atlanta Braves stadium says improvements are needed to make walking around the ballpark safer --- and to keep pedestrians from impeding traffic in or out of the site. The report from the Georgia Regional Transit Authority, which must review traffic plans for all major developments, says "there is not consistent and safe pedestrian access" from areas where off-site parking could be located. "The impact of pedestrian crossings is of concern for safe and efficient roadway operations and pedestrian safety," according to the report. It goes on to say that pedestrian needs should be addressed along all roads fronting the 50-acre site, new roads planned for inside the site and on roads leading from off-site parking areas. A spokeswoman for the Braves said they will work with the county to provide appropriate pedestrian access.
U. of Florida Budgets for Major Renovation Projects
by David Jones, Florida Today June 2014
- The University of Florida's athletic budget for the 2014-15 school year was approved by the University Athletic Association, the department's fundraising arm, on Tuesday.
Photos: Orlando City SC Unveils New Stadium Renderings
by Michael Gaio June 2014
Orlando City Soccer Club, a team that will join Major League Soccer in 2015, unveiled renderings for a new downtown stadium on Tuesday.
Northwestern's Stadium, Arena Getting New Video Boards
by Seth Gruen, Staff Reporter June 2014
It has been a busy summer for the athletic department as it works to upgrade the game-day experience for fans. Having already announced upgrades to the video screens at Ryan Field, the university is expected to announce on Wednesday the addition of four high-definition video boards at Welsh-Ryan Arena, a source said.
Braves Stadium Financing Critics Finally Get a Say
by Dan Klepal; Staff June 2014
Critics of Cobb's public investment in a new Atlanta Braves stadium finally got a chance to address commissioners Tuesday --- two weeks after the elected officials ratified a series of important stadium agreements.
More Details of Proposed Virginia Beach Ballpark Emerge
by Gabriella Souza June 2014
The images show a stadium with a gleaming brick facade and a grassy picnic area where fans can watch a minor league baseball game.
NFL's Super Bowl Hosting Demands Lengthy, Expensive
by Michael Gaio June 2014
If your city wants to host the Super Bowl, it better prepare to bend over backward for the NFL. The league has plenty of demands, 153 pages of them to be exact, and they're not all exactly easy to meet.
Allen ISD: Don't Blame Us for Failures of $60M Stadium
by Eric Prisbell, USA TODAY Sports June 2014
Its $60 million high school football stadium, with a three-tiered press box that juts above the Texas horizon, has been a source of considerable pride in this community north of Dallas ever since the state-of-the-art facility opened less than two years ago.
New Turf Sign of Bigger Upgrades for Soccer Franchise?
by CHRISTOPHER O'DONNELL; Tribune staff June 2014
Over the next few weeks, the turf at Al Lang Stadium will be ripped up and replaced, a $250,000 investment by the city to placate Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards. The city may have to dig far deeper into its coffers, however, if it's going to keep pace with Edwards' ambitions for his soccer franchise. After buying a controlling interest in the team in December, Edwards has made no secret that he wants the city to build a new 18,000-seat stadium to replace aging Al Lang. He successfully lobbied state lawmakers this year to designate the North American Soccer League as a major sports league, making $2 million a year in state subsidies available for a new Rowdies venue. With the Tampa Bay Rays keen to move elsewhere, St. Petersburg
Cubs Ownership Risks Ruining Wrigley's Rare Charm
by RICK TELANDER. Sports Columnist June 2014
Let's talk Wrigley Field. Let's try to think rationally about this sporting structure that is equal parts historic, unique, gorgeous and a dump. And it is all those things. Which is the difficult issue facing the troubled Cubs franchise and the Ricketts family ownership.