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Braves Assure Fans Of Safety At New Ballpark After Death At Turner Field

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 01 / 15

The death of a fan last weekend at Turner Field "raises questions about the height of guard rails" at the Braves' new ballpark when it opens in '17, according to Charles Odum of the AP. The Braves said that they had "safety in mind when planning SunTrust Park even before Gregory Murrey's death Satur...

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Patriots Build Off-Site Employee Lots

The Patriots in the offseason built two satellite parking lots, which "are not for fans but stadium employees, who will be shuttled to their posts" at Gillette Stadium via a new private-access road, according to Callum Borchers of the BOSTON GLOBE. By moving roughly half of all employee vehicles off ...

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Univ. Of Memphis' Fundraising On Track

The Univ. of Memphis on Wednesday announced that it has received 60% of the funds "needed to construct new practice facilities for football and men’s basketball -- and expects groundbreaking for an indoor football practice facility late next month," according to a front-page piece by Phil Stuk ...

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Flames To Discuss Project With Gov't Officials

Flames President & CEO Ken King said that the next step for the team in its effort to build an C$890M arena, event center and fieldhouse will be "meeting with various levels of government," while city officials "start engaging Calgarians and looking into the cleanup of the creosote-contaminate ...

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Sacramento Republic Hires HNTB For Stadium

USL club Sacramento Republic FC yesterday selected Calif.-based architecture firm HNTB to "design its proposed downtown stadium," according to Dale Kasler of the SACRAMENTO BEE. This is the "latest step in the minor-league team’s 'Operation Turnkey' initiative, which is designed to complete th ...

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NBA Kings Push Back Opening Of Hotel

The NBA Kings said that the team's planned 16-story hotel and condominium tower "won’t make it" in time for the opening of the team's downtown arena prior to the '16-17 NBA season, according to Dale Kasler of the SACRAMENTO BEE. The Kings "wanted to open their hotel and condominium tower at Do ...

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Facility Notes

In Sacramento, Matt Barrows reports the 49ers have "nearly finished laying down a new playing surface at Levi’s Stadium" after experiencing turf issues earlier in camp . The grass "will be used" for Sunday’s preseason game against the Cowboys, then likely will be "pulled up and replaced ...

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Flames Unveil Plans For Arena/Stadium Project

The Flames yesterday unveiled plans for a proposed $890M (all figures Canadian) complex that includes a new arena, domed stadium for the CFL Stampeders and events center "slated to go at the west end of downtown," according to a front-page piece by Dave Dormer of the CALGARY SUN. Along with the aren ...

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Canadiens Shuttering HOF At Bell Centre

The Canadiens HOF at Bell Centre, which opened in '10 as a "tribute to the storied history" of the team, "will shut its doors for good on Aug. 30," according to Dave Stubbs of the MONTREAL GAZETTE. The team said that "major renovations" at Bell Centre "will claim the space to 'enhance the fan ...

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Nationals-Astros Spring Training Site Approved

Spring training is "closer than ever to returning to West Palm Beach following the Palm Beach County commission’s approval" yesterday of "final operating agreements" with the Astros and Nationals, according to a front-page piece by Joe Capozzi of the PALM BEACH POST. The teams will share a $13 ...

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Temple Extends Lincoln Financial Lease Through '19

Temple Univ. and the Eagles have "reached an agreement that would allow the Owls to play their home games in Lincoln Financial Field for two more years" after the school's current lease deal expires in '17, according to Snyder & Narducci of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. Financial terms of the deal ...

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