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Verizon, Lions Make Upgrades To Wi-Fi At Ford Field, Increasing System's Capacity

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 02 / 24 / 17

Verizon, which installed the Wi-Fi system at Ford Field in '12, said that it has "quadrupled capacity in the 65,000-seat stadium" to address the system's problems, according to Frank Witsil of the DETROIT FREE PRESS. Verizon "drilled into the concrete walls, pulled cables throughout the stadium, and...

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Wilkens On Panel To Explore Renovating KeyArena

Eleven Seattle community leaders, including Basketball HOFer Lenny Wilkens, were "named Thursday as part of a new advisory panel to explore the viability of renovating KeyArena for NBA and NHL use," according to Geoff Baker of the SEATTLE TIMES. The panel, announced by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, ...

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In Phoenix, Craig Harris in a front-page piece reports a plan that would provide $225M in public financing for a new $395M Coyotes arena "likely does not have the votes to pass the state Senate." Arizona state Sens. Debbie Lesko and John Kavanagh said that they "definitely were going to vote ag ...

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First Data Lands Rights To Mets' Fla. Complex

The Mets have signed a 10-year naming-rights agreement with credit card processor First Data for the club’s Spring Training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla. What was Tradition Field will now be known as First Data Field. Financial terms were not disclosed, but such recent deals have often reac ...

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Orlando City Lacks Stadium Naming-Rights Partner

Orlando City SC's new downtown stadium throughout the construction process has been called Orlando City Stadium, and it is "possible that name will stand when the season opens there March 5," according to Alicia DelGallo of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. Orlando City CEO Alex Leitão at the start of '1 ...

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San Diego Developer Proposing SoccerCity Alternative

San Diego consultants said that as an "alternative to the recently unveiled SoccerCity plan in Mission Valley, developer Doug Manchester is working on a proposal to remodel Qualcomm Stadium for professional soccer, football and San Diego State athletics," according to a front-page piece by Roger S ...

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Virginia Tech AD Discusses Facility Upgrades

Premium seating on the east side of Lane Stadium and "extensive upgrades to Cassell Coliseum" are Virginia Tech AD Whit Babcock’s "top priorities as he anticipates the next university-wide capital campaign" in late '18 or early '19, according to David Teel of the Hampton Roads DAILY PRESS. VT ...

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Vail Resorts Acquires Vermont's Stowe Mountain

Vail Resorts on Monday announced it "is acquiring" Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont from a subsidary of insurer AIG for $50M, according to Tommy Gardner of the STOWE REPORTER. Stowe will "join 10 well-known destinations" owned by Vail, and is the company's "first East Coast mountain." Vail will "acq ...

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Bucks' New Video Board Goes Against NBA Grain

The center-hung video board at the Bucks’ new arena for '18 "counters the 'monster board' trend at other NBA venues," according to Don Muret of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. Yet Bucks COO Mike McCarthy said that Dakrtonics-produced board, which is 25 feet tall and 29 feet wide, is still "twice the s ...

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Manfred Defends D-Backs' Chase Field Stance

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred yesterday “stood firmly behind" the D-backs in their battle with Maricopa County over the costs of ballpark upkeep at Chase Field , according to Nick Piecoro of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. Manfred said, “We take very seriously the obligation to have a major league ...

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Blue Jays Debate Rogers Renovation Themes

Blue Jays President & CEO Mark Shapiro by the end of the season "expects to have plans in place for both a new spring training facility and a Rogers Centre renovation that will run into the hundreds of millions of dollars," according to Shi Davidi of SPORTSNET.ca. Both projects "remain in the pl ...

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