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Cleveland City Council Approves Estimated $88M For Quicken Loans Arena Renovations

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 25 / 17

The Cleveland City Council yesterday "approved committing" an estimated $88M for upgrades to Quicken Loans Arena, according to a front-page piece by Robert Higgs of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. The vote was 12-5, "meaning that it passed with emergency status" and "takes effect immediately." The deal&...

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E-Sports Arena Coming To Las Vegas Strip

Allied Esports and Esports Arena are building a 30,000-square foot competition venue inside the Luxor Hotel and Casino, making it the first dedicated venue for competitive gaming on the Las Vegas Strip. Scheduled to open in early '18, the facility will include a competition stage, LED video wall, te ...

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Titans Fire Stadium Concessions Vendor Aramark

The Titans have "fired Nissan Stadium's food, beverage and concessions vendor Aramark in a bitter feud that has spilled into court" after hearing "increasing complaints about painfully long lines to get a beer or hot dog, and food quality that ranks among the NFL's poorest," according to Joey Garris ...

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Texas To Build New On-Campus Basketball Arena

Univ. of Texas officials have "decided to build a new on-campus basketball facility" and will "probably do so in the parking lot south of the Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field, which is more easily accessible for the athletes and students," according to Kirk Bohls of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESM ...

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Falcons officials, who last month said that they would "update the construction schedule for Mercedes-Benz Stadium within seven to 10 days," now say that it will "take a while longer to assess the timeline." In Atlanta, Tim Tucker noted that "leaves open the question of whether the downtown stadium ...

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Vikings' New HQ May Host High School Football

With U.S. Bank Stadium "firmly entrenched as the home" of the Minnesota High School Prep Bowl Championship game, the Vikings’ new practice facility in Eagan also "may soon host high school football," according to Jace Frederick of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. The Vikings on Thursday "annou ...

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SunTrust Park Will See Second Test Run Saturday

Though it will be the second-ever game to be played at SunTrust Park, the "first chance for members of the general public to see inside" the Braves’ new home will come during a Univ. of Missouri-Georgia matchup Saturday afternoon, according to a front-page piece by Jon Gargis of the MARIE ...

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Univ. Of Hawaii Responds To Stadium Report

Univ. of Hawaii officials on Thursday said that the school "would be 'comfortable' with a new 30,000- to 35,000-seat stadium on the current Aloha Stadium footprint but wants greater opportunities to share in the revenue," according to Ferd Lewis of the HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER. A day after th ...

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D-Backs Install Giant Humidor For Baseballs

In Phoenix, Bob McManaman noted the D-backs have decided to "install a giant humidor at Chase Field" to store their baseballs in. The team has been "toying with the thought for a while." D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall said, "We don't know if it's going to make much of a difference, but it' ...

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MLB Ballparks Step Up Use Of LED Lighting

Progressive Field will debut new Eaton's Ephesus LED lights Tuesday for the Indians' home opener as part of the team's "effort to be environmentally friendly," according to Craig Webb of the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL. The lights are 20-30% "brighter than the old lights," and the new bulbs are "expected t ...

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Consultants Suggest Replacement Of Aloha Stadium

The deteriorating condition of Aloha Stadium has "led consultants to suggest building a smaller, more modern facility on the 104-acre property in Halawa," according to Lisa Kubota of Hawaii-based KGMB-CBS. A consultant report presented by firm Foley & Lardner "recommends a 30,000 to 35,000 ...

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