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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 16 / 14

Broncos VP/PR Patrick Smyth posted this photo of coach John Fox congratulating Sports Authority Field at Mile High electrician  Mike Gray on his 13 years with the team.

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PNC Arena Considering First Major Expansion

The "first major expansion" of PNC Arena since it opened in '99 is being considered, with Raleigh-based Ratio Architects and K.C.-based 360 Architecture chosen to "handle the concepts and renderings," according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER. The expansion would come at the "no ...

Tags: Facilities, Carolina Hurricanes, NHL

Arizona State Selects Architects For Stadium Project

Arizona State on Thursday selected K.C.-based architecture firm HNTB to "team up with the Phoenix branch of Gould Evans to design the 60,000-seat stadium at the current Sun Devil Stadium location," according to Jeff Metcalfe of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. ASU also announced it had hired Hunt Construction ...

Tags: Facilities, Pac 12

Ohio Stadium Used In Pitch For '16 DNC

Columbus is one of five cities trying to land the '16 DNC, so civic leaders on Thursday gave site selectors a tour of Ohio Stadium, where locals tried to "sell Democrats on the idea of their presidential nominee ... accepting the nomination in front of 100,000 people," according to Joe Vardon of the ...

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Wolff Hints At Building New Ballpark in Oakland

A's co-Owner Lew Wolff yesterday "celebrated the final ratification of a 10-year lease extension by shaking hands with local officials and revealing that he has approached an architect to work on designs for a new ballpark adjacent to O.co Coliseum," according to Matthew Artz of the OAKLAND TRIBUNE. ...

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NFL Facility Notes

In Chicago, Liam Ford reports multiple suites that were "vandalized at Soldier Field over the weekend will be cleaned and ready" for tomorrow's Eagles-Bears preseason game. The vandalism occurred "sometime after the Bears Family Fest on Saturday" ( CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/7 ). Police said that one suit ...

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McLane Stadium Announces New Guidelines

Baylor Univ. football fans heading to games at McLane Stadium this fall "will have to leave their cigarettes, seat cushions and umbrellas behind under new guidelines for the stadium," according to Regina Dennis of the WACO TRIBUNE-HERALD. The smoking and tobacco ban was "among 12 new rules for the s ...

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College Facility Notes

In Boulder, Sarah Kuta reported Colorado is "tacking on an additional" $13M to the cost of the school's planned athletic facilities upgrades because of "poor soil conditions and high labor costs." Total "anticipated cost of the project" is now $156M, and the agenda for today's meeting of the CU Bo ...

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49ers Sticking With Transportation Plans

Levi's Stadium produced " agonizing postgame traffic jams and long lines at light-rail stations" following Saturday's Earthquakes-Sounders match, the first event at the venue, but the 49ers yesterday said that they will "stick to their transportation game plan" for the first preseason game Aug. 17, ...

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Orlando Ends Eminent-Domain Fight Against Church

The city of Orlando yesterday "dropped its eminent-domain fight" against a family-owned church in the Parramore neighborhood, the "lone holdout in the way of the city's plans to build" a new MLS stadium downtown, according to David Damron of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. The city will instead move the ...

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Facility Notes

In Jacksonville, David Bauerlein wrote Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan "might have the field to himself if he follows through on his oft-stated interest in becoming master developer of the city-owned Shipyards property on the downtown riverfront." The "only other group that has gone public" with interest ...

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