• 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.

  • Abilene Christian Nearing Debut of $42M Stadium

    by Greg Jaklewicz September 2017

    For the first time since N.L. Nicholson was the coach and the 1958 Wildcats took the field, ACU will play a home game on campus. The Wildcats played only one game on campus that season, outscoring Howard Payne 49-30 on Thanksgiving Day.

  • Does Eastern Washington's Red Turf Impact Players?

    by Jeff Kolpack September 2017

    If the light hits Roos Field at Eastern Washington University just right during game day, it almost gives the few blocks around the football field a red glow hue.

  • Quicken Loans Arena Set for $140M Renovation

    by Karen Farkas September 2017

    A little more than a week after Cavs CEO Len Komoroski said the organization was withdrawing from the project, the Cleveland Cavaliers have announced that the $140 million transformation of Quicken Loans Arena is a go.

  • Little Caesars Arena Kicks Off Grand Opening Events

    by Courtney Cameron September 2017

    Little Caesars Arena in Detroit kicked off a series of grand opening events with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $836 million complex on Tuesday.

  • Titletown District Adds to Lambeau Field Experience

    by Richard Ryman September 2017

    The Lambeau Field experience for Green Bay Packers fans attending home games this season will be embellished and expanded when the Titletown District's park and plaza opens at the end of next week.

  • HS Stadium Seeking New Naming Rights Deals

    by Bob Susnjara September 2017

    Barrington Area Unit District 220 plans to seek naming rights and advertising deals connected to the high school football stadium in advance of a 10-year contract expiring after the 2017-18 school year. About $750,000 was gained from the deals that involved naming rights to the field, track and stadium, plus scoreboard advertising, Barrington High School Athletic Director Mike Obsuszt said. Wickstrom Auto Group's name is part of Barrington Community Stadium.