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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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09/09/14
Facility Notes

The Dolphins announced Kia as the new naming-rights partner for the 100 level of Sun Life Stadium. Reps from the team and the car manufacturer on Sunday cut the ribbon to the newly titled Kia 100 Level at Sun Life Stadium. Brand ambassadors and the latest Kia models will be on site for a number of h ...

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09/08/14
Mayor Supports New Chargers Stadium

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer last week "wanted to talk about a new Chargers stadium as a possible addition to the Convention Center," according to Nick Canepa of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. Faulconer "wants to make something happen downtown," but "knows the degree of difficulty" of doing so in t ...

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09/08/14
Tulane Opens Yulman Stadium To Rave Reviews

Tulane's Yulman Stadium "was anything but dull in its grand debut on Saturday" as the school had its "first football game on the Uptown campus in nearly 40 years," according to Tammy Nunez of the New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE. Georgia Tech won 38-21 before a "sellout" crowd at the 30,000-seat venue, an ...

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09/08/14
Astros, Nats Make Spring Training Offer To WPB

The Astros and Nationals are "offering to pay at least" $56M toward the $140M cost of building a new Spring Training facility in West Palm Beach, but they are “seeking a larger-than-expected share of the county’s so-called ‘bed tax’ revenue,” according to a front-page p ...

Tags: Facilities, Houston Astros, Washington Nationals, MLB

09/08/14
Pistons Unveil $40M Palace Renovations

A new scoreboard planned for the Palace of Auburn Hills will have "six video screens, triple the size of the 15-year-old system it replaces," and is the "capstone of a three-year," $40M renovation by team Owner Tom Gores and Platinum Equity, according to Tom Walsh of the DETROIT FREE PRESS. Palace S ...

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09/08/14
Pelicans Begin Painting Over "Outdated Green"

Smoothie King Center's "long-awaited exterior painting" has begun, as the arena's "outdated green exterior is getting a makeover to a light gray color scheme," according to John Reid of the New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE. All of the work "is part of the state-funded Phase II" of a $54M renovation that b ...

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09/08/14
Atlanta-Based Experience Making Waves

Atlanta-based company Experience has "become a go-to player for pro and college sports teams seeking to enhance in-stadium happenings in order to compete with HDTVs at home," according to Tim Tucker of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. The three-year-old company "has deals with 160 sports and entert ...

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09/05/14
Suns Confident In Landing Naming-Rights Partner

The Suns "will likely start searching immediately to explore as many options as possible for a lucrative, long-term" arena naming-rights deal by October '15 after U.S. Airways and merger partner American Airlines declined to renew , according to Dawn Gilbertson of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. Suns Pr ...

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09/05/14
Trail Blazers Show Off Moda Center Renovations

The Trail Blazers on Wednesday "offered reporters a sneak peek at their snazzy Moda Center makeover, revealing the first phase" of a nearly $16M, multiyear remodel that "will impact everything from the 300 level to the exclusive club level," according to Joe Freeman of the Portland OREGONIAN. T ...

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09/05/14
Construction Set To Begin On USA Basketball HQ

USA Basketball's new home in Tempe will be built as part of a $436M "urban showpiece," according to Metcalfe & Reagor of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. Construction on USA Place is "expected to begin in December." One of two "final pieces of the deal recently fell into place: The developers reached a 99- ...

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