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10/14/14
College Facility Notes

In Albuquerque, Mike Bush reported the Univ. of New Mexico is "naming some sections of its two largest sports facilities, University Stadium and the Pit, after U.S. Bank" in an "eight-year deal" worth $1.7M. University Stadium's End Zone Club "will become the U.S. Bank End Zone Club and the Zia Club ...

Tags: Facilities

10/13/14
Cubs Break Ground On Wrigley Renovations

The Cubs on Saturday held a groundbreaking ceremony for Wrigley Field's expansion and restoration, which they are now calling "The 1060 Project." In addition to team Owners the Ricketts family, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, and former Cubs players Milt Pappas and Kerry Wood ...

Tags: Facilities, Chicago Cubs, MLB

10/13/14
New Staples Center Lighting Bothering Kings

The new lighting scheme at Staples Center, which "focuses the arena’s newly installed LED lights on the ice surface and leaves the stands darkened, has drawn some criticism" from Kings players, according to Helene Elliott of the L.A. TIMES. Kings coach Darryl Sutter on Friday said that playe ...

Tags: Facilities, Los Angeles Kings, NHL

10/13/14
Vikings Up Stadium Contribution By $500K

The Vikings "upped their stadium contribution Friday by $518,000, adding an eighth elevator, two concession stands and nothing for the birds," according to Rochelle Olson of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. The team's decision "not to include bird-safe glass overshadowed the announcement at a regularly ...

Tags: Facilities, Minnesota Vikings, NFL

10/13/14
Facility Notes

In Detroit, Joe Guillen reports Olympia Entertainment, the Ilitch family-owned company that leases Joe Louis Arena for Red Wings games, "paid its property tax bill on time this summer and has paid half" of a $5.2M settlement with the City of Detroit "related to cable TV revenues." Olympia "paid $411 ...

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10/10/14
Blackhawks Open Expanded Retail Store

The Blackhawks on Friday opened the doors to their new 5,000-square-foot, two-story retail store on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile shopping strip. Wirtz Realty, an affiliate of the Wirtz Corp., which is helmed by Blackhawks Chair Rocky Wirtz, led the development of the location. The Blackhawks hav ...

Tags: Facilities, Chicago Blackhawks

10/10/14
Indiana Univ. To Renovate Football Venue

Indiana football coach Kevin Wilson on Wednesday confirmed that the school "plans to enclose the south end zone" of Memorial Stadium, the "third major facilities project the program will embark upon in the near future." He added that the new facility in the south end zone "will include a cafeteria a ...

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10/09/14
TD Garden Unveils $70M In Upgrades

TD Garden yesterday "showed off the first phase" of its $70M renovation, and the walls of the fourth floor loge concourse "now boast pictures from notable events at the Garden, everything from ice skating championships to the Beatles’ 1964 concert," according to Jordan Graham of the BOSTON HER ...

Tags: Facilities, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics

10/09/14
Staples Center Debuts LED Lighting System

From SportsBusiness Journal : AEG Spends Six Figures On New LED Lighting System Why A Growing Number Of Facilities Are Moving To LED Lighting LED Lighting Good On TV, And Fun For Fans Attending Games NBA To Showcase LED Lights At Demo, 10 Vendors To Take Part ...

Tags: Facilities, AEG, Los Angeles Kings, NHL

10/09/14
Facility Notes

In Hartford, Jeff Jacobs notes last night's Knicks-Celtics preseason game at XL Center was the "first event" since the venue's $35M renovations began in July, and "what was missing" were Whalers banners in the rafters. XL Center GM Chris Lawrence said of the banners, "It’s just temporary right ...

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