St. Pete Denies Rays' Ballpark Search Deal Levine: Yankee Stadium Can House MLS, MLB Sabres Impressed With HarborCenter Facility Braves Add Land For New Ballpark Parking Rice Univ. Upgrading Football Stadium Facility Notes DC United Finalizes New Stadium Approval Redskins Nix Chinese-Built Wi-Fi System Deal NASL Team Owner Discusses MLS Plans Vinik Unveils Building Plan Near Amalie Arena
SBD/Issue 28/Facilities & Venues
Published October 21, 2009
In Boston, Ian Rapoport notes people "couldn't forget the field conditions at Wembley Stadium" two years ago when the NFL hosted its first game in London. But as the Patriots and Buccaneers "prepare to play in London on Sunday, NFL officials are convinced the problem has been solved." NFL U.K. Managing Dir Alistair Kirkwood said that the "stadium and turf were new" in '07, and noted that the game "followed the second-wettest day of the year." Since then, the NFL and "local turf management experts have worked with Wembley officials to make it right" (BOSTON HERALD, 10/21).
Orioles Bidding Out Concessions Contract At
Oriole Park For First Time In 17-Year History
BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME? SI.com's Michael Farber wrote while an NHL team in Quebec City is "still a long shot," the league "won't discourage Quebec from getting taxpayers to foot the bill for an arena." If "nothing else," the NHL "can use a building in Quebec as a stalking horse for recalcitrant cities that don't want to build new homes for pampered hockey players." As long as arenas exist in K.C. and Quebec, an owner who is "annoyed with his lease or the number of luxury suites in his building always will have a potential threat in his hip pocket" (SI.com, 10/20).