• Fans React to the ‘Largest Little Caesar in the World’

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    On Tuesday, the Detroit Red Wings posted aerial photos to the team Twitter and Facebook pages showing the progress of a 243-foot-tall Little Caesars logo being painted on the roof of the new arena — making it the “largest Little Caesar in the world,” according to the post.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

    From ABFireworks a Hot Safety Topic at Sporting Events

    “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.

  • 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.

  • New Standards of Environmental Accountability in Sports Venues

    by Courtney Cameron June 2017

    Developing technologies are rapidly increasing the potential for green energy production and resource preservation, creating a higher standard of operational efficiency for organizations that conduct their business in the public eye. Through the implementation of cross-league green sports initiatives, LEED building standards and cutting-edge green technologies, the sports industry has signaled its willingness to make a change for the better — and for the good of the environment.

  • Mizzou Arena Joyride Causes $100K in Damage

    by Andy Berg June 2017

    A Columbia, Mo., man faces felony charges Monday after taking a joyride through the University of Missouri's Mizzou Arena early Sunday morning.

  • Duke Venue Takes Top Safety and Security Honor

    by Andy Berg June 2017

    Duke University’s Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium will receive NCS4’s top honor for the venue’s excellence in safety and security.

    According to a press release, NCS4 has recognized 10 facilities with the award, which commends facilities for leadership in addressing safety and security issues. Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium is one of three NCAA football facilities to receive the award. The other two NCAA facilities are Vaught Hemingway Stadium (Ole Miss) and Ryan Field (Northwestern).

    “The Facility of Merit Award is to allow professional leagues, NCAA member institutions and marathon and endurance organizations to honor outstanding facilities that have gone above and beyond for their sports safety and security,” said NCS4 Director Dr. Lou Marciani, in a statement. “These contributions involve enhancing safety and security at their venue beyond what is normally required, and setting an example for other facilities to follow.”

    Duke representatives will formally accept the award at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition on July 11-13 in Orlando, Fla.