NFL Giants, Jets Settle American Dream Dispute Sun Life Upgrade Plan Greeted By Mixed Reactions Canucks Terminate Aramark's Contract Braves Weighing Spring Training Options Ross Wants To Pay For Stadium Upgrade Lambeau Field Expansion Cost Rises $25M Yum! Center Looks For More Sponsorships VCU To Build $25M Hoops Practice Gym Facility Notes Oakland Teams Still Searching For New Venues
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NFL Facility Notes: Upgrades To FirstEnergy Stadium Best Alternative To New Venue
Published November 15, 2013
LAND GRAB: In Atlanta, Leon Stafford reported the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which will own the Falcons' new $1.2B stadium, will spend more than $1M to "buy a few remaining parcels needed for the project and acquire another through eminent-domain proceedings." The body on Tuesday agreed to "pay $800,000 and $434,000 for land owned by Callaway Foundation Inc., and Earl M. Leiffer respectively." Each "owns land of less than one-half acre on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at or near Mangum Street." The authority also "will pay $60,000 for a billboard on the Callaway property" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 11/14).
A TAXING SITUATION: ESPN's Keith Olbermann on Wednesday named the Jacksonville City Council as the "Worst Person in the Sports World," as it voted 14-2 to "authorize taxpayer-funded improvements" at EverBank Field. Olbermann said, "The city will now tax its hotel guests 2%. So it will pay for $43 million of the new $63 million scoreboard insisted upon by Owner Shahid Khan, instead of using -- you know -- $43 million on the city! Worse yet, the new scoreboard, expected to be the largest in the world, will show replays of Jaguars games" ("Olbermann," ESPN2, 11/13).