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Verizon, Lions Make Upgrades To Wi-Fi At Ford Field, Increasing System's Capacity

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 02 / 24 / 17

Verizon, which installed the Wi-Fi system at Ford Field in '12, said that it has "quadrupled capacity in the 65,000-seat stadium" to address the system's problems, according to Frank Witsil of the DETROIT FREE PRESS. Verizon "drilled into the concrete walls, pulled cables throughout the stadium, and...

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Yankees Look For Millennials With Ballpark Upgrades

The Yankees are using their offseason ballpark renovation as a "long-term play to hook Generation Z into the pinstriped experience and a way to give millennials and older generations new ways to experience the game," according to Andrew Marchand of ESPN N.Y. Yankee Stadium will get a facelift in s ...

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Raiders Submit Draft For 30-Year Lease In Las Vegas

The Raiders on Thursday "submitted a draft 30-year lease agreement to the Las Vegas Stadium Authority Board and affirmed its preference" for a proposed stadium site in the southeast of the city, according to Adam Candee of the LAS VEGAS SUN. Raiders President Marc Badain and Exec VP & General C ...

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Inglewood Real Estate Booming With Stadium Planned

As plans "firm up for the Chargers and the Rams to start playing" in '19 at the $2.7B Inglewood stadium, the city of 109,000 residents is "stealing downtown L.A.’s thunder, threatening the so-far unchallenged reign of the arts and sports district roughly 10 miles to the northeast," according t ...

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St. Louis' Hopes For MLS Still Alive

St. Louis' bid for an MLS stadium on Thursday received a "surprising resuscitation" after a pair of votes from the city's Board of Alderman, according to a front-page piece by Mike Faulk of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. The city’s $60M contribution to the downtown stadium, valued in t ...

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Dire Picture For Future Of PawSox' Ballpark?

An independent study on the future of the Triple-A Int'l League Pawtucket Red Sox' McCoy Stadium "did not bring great news" for those hoping the team would remain in its current ballpark "for much longer," according to Tim Britton of the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL. The team's lease runs through January ...

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MLSE's LaunchPad Facility Helps Toronto Youth

MLSE this week unveiled its LaunchPad, a sports facility for Toronto's "at-risk youth with free programs that also prepare them for school and work," according to Rachel Brady of the GLOBE & MAIL. The facility has "brand new multisport courts, classrooms, a rock wall and a teaching kitchen." The ...

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Wheels Put In Motion For New Mavs Arena?

Dallas city council members yesterday "approved a re-zoning request" from the Mavericks that "set the wheels in motion for the possibility of the Mavs building a new arena" directly across the freeway from American Airlines Center, according to Dwain Price of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. The Maveric ...

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County Approves Smith's Charlotte MLS Proposal

Mecklenburg County (N.C.) commissioners this morning voted 5-3 to "move forward with investing" $118M in a Charlotte MLS stadium as part of SMI President & CEO Marcus Smith's expansion bid, according to Bruce Henderson of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. The county vote comes as Charlotte City Council wa ...

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Facility Notes

In Boston, Allen & Dungca in a front-page piece report TD Garden has "cut ties" with the Allied Universal security company after reports claiming "abuse of the homeless inside North Station." A former Allied employee said that guards "routinely shoved, kicked, and dragged the people who took she ...

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Charlotte Weighs MLS Stadium Proposal

Charlotte City Council members are "lukewarm about funding a new soccer stadium" for an MLS club, according to Steve Harrison of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. Five council members have said that they "oppose the proposal" to build in the city's Elizabeth neighborhood. One more “no” vote w ...

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