• Editorial: What Economics Reveals About MLS in Charlotte

    by The Roanoke Times September 2017

    Will Charlotte — which already has the NFL's Panthers and the NBA's Hornets — get a Major League Soccer team? Or will it get a Major League Baseball team? Or possibly both?

  • Rose Bowl Field to Be Named for Donor

    by Christopher Yee September 2017

    For the first time, the Rose Bowl's storied field - home to hundreds of gridiron and soccer clashes and live performances by the world's top musicians - could bear a name. But it won't be of a corporate sponsor. The field will be named for Silicon Valley real estate investor andUCLA alum Richard "Tod" Spieker, who is prepared to donate $10 million to kick-start a $40 million fundraising campaign for stadium improvements. Stadium staffers say the upgrades are necessary to keep the Rose Bowl financially viable and preserved for future generations. The Rose Bowl Operating Co. will seek city approval Monday for new name. Its goal is to raise a total of $40 million by the stadium's 100th birthday in 2022.

  • Spending on Detroit's New Arena District Tops $1B

    by Chad Livengood September 2017

    Total spending in The District Detroit is expected to top $1.2 billion after the completion of the new $150 million Little Caesars Pizza headquarters next to the Fox Theatre and construction of six residential projects that will add 686 units at a cost of $160 million...

  • A’s Say They’ve Found Site for New Stadium

    by Andy Berg September 2017

    The Oakland A’s have finally found a new home.

    After nearly 50 years of playing at the Oakland Coliseum, the Bay Area MLB team has settled on a 13-acre plot of land near Laney College where it hopes to build a privately financed $500 million stadium.

  • Group Proposes Speedy Remodel for KeyArena

    by Spokesman Review September 2017

    A proposal to remodel KeyArena now has an ambitious timeline that could have it ready to house a professional franchise within three years. The timeline was laid out in a proposed memorandum of understanding between Seattle and Oak View Group. The Seattle City Council wouldn't vote on a final version of the agreement until the first week of December at the earliest.

  • No Irma Stadium Damage: Dolphins, Canes Can Play

    by Jason Lieser September 2017

    Hard Rock Stadium sustained no structural damage during Hurricane Irma over the weekend and is ready to host the upcoming Miami Dolphins and University of Miami home games. Dolphins president Tom Garfinkel announced Tuesday morning on Twitter that the stadium held up well during the storm. The team had engineers perform a thorough inspection of the venue, and they signed off on it to proceed with events as scheduled. Video released by the Dolphins during the storm showed fallen trees on the exterior of the venue.

  • VCU, Minor League Team Working Toward Ballpark

    by John O'Connor September 2017

    Virginia Commonwealth University and the Richmond Flying Squirrels agreed last September to a nonbinding memorandum of understanding, expressing mutual interest in exploration of the feasibility of a new ballpark for one year. With the anniversary approaching, they apparently haven't swung and missed. VCU and the Squirrels play home games at The Diamond, which opened in 1985. The document, dated Sept. 28, 2016, represents "a good-faith acknowledgement of the parties' current intentions as to the development, construction and use of a new baseball stadium and a commitment from each party to work collaboratively with the other in regard to the matters contained herein for a period of one year."

  • Patriots to Replace Gillette Stadium's Synthetic Turf

    by Paul Steinbach September 2017

    For the second time in a dozen years, the New England Patriots are making a mid-season change of the playing surface at Gillette Stadium.

    The team began the latest renovation Sunday, a day after Major League Soccer's New England Revolution hosted a game on the stadium's synthetic turf, which had been installed as recently as May. The Patriots played only three games on the surface, including their Thursday night loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL's regular-season opener. The entire team had practiced on it once.

    Though the four-month-old turf met all NFL and MLS safety tests, players considered it to be especially soft, according to A new synthetic turf system will be in place for a weekend of home games beginning Sept. 23, when the Revolution host Toronto FC, followed the next day by a Patriots' game against Houston.

    Gillette Stadium has featured synthetic turf since 2006, when heavy rains affected the playability of the venue's natural grass during a Nov. 12 Patriots game against the New York Jets. At the time, a two-week window between events allowed for the installation of FieldTurf.

  • Opinion: Las Vegas Next Victim of Stadium Shakedown

    by Deron Snyder September 2017

    Residents of Clark County (Nev.) are the folks who should be crying. They're contributing $750 million to the Raiders' new arena, a record amount for a sports facility. The funds, which amount to about $354 per resident, will be taken from an increased tax on hotel rooms that currently pays for schools and transportation, among other things.

  • Dolphins May Be Displaced During Irma Cleanup

    by Jason Lieser and Joe Schad September 2017

    Even as Hurricane Irma bore down on South Florida late last week, the Dolphins knew with certainty they'd play the Los Angeles Chargers this Sunday in California. That meant, regardless of the situation back home, they must move forward and prepare for that game. Their owner, Stephen Ross, did everything he could to assist in that difficult task.