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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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Braves Need $40M In Taxpayer Funds For ST Facility

Sarasota County (Fla.) commissioners yesterday were told a new Spring Training facility for the Braves "would require" more than $40M in taxpayer funds, according to Tim Tucker of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. The proposed project "would be funded in part" with $22.1M from Sarasota County hotel ...

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Group Proposes $200M San Diego Soccer Venue

A $200M soccer stadium as part of a $1B redevelopment of the Qualcomm Stadium property in the Mission Valley area of San Diego was proposed yesterday with a "citizens ballot initiative drive as the vehicle to bring it about," according to a front-page piece by Roger Showley of the SAN DIEGO UNION-T ...

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Northwestern Mutual Sponsoring Club At Miller Park

The Brewers and Milwaukee-based Northwestern Mutual yesterday agreed to a multiyear partnership that "includes transforming the former Gehl Club area of Miller Park into the Northwestern Mutual Legends Club," according to Joe Taschler of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. The club "will be located alon ...

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Facility Notes

In Tampa, Joey Knight reported USF soon could be "entertaining a new proposed lease agreement with Raymond James Stadium," even as the school "studies the possibility of an on-campus football home." A draft of the agreement -- six years with a five-year option -- is "part of the agenda" for today's ...

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Charlotte Releases Details On Possible MLS Stadium

Mecklenburg County (N.C.) last Friday "released details of a proposed" $175M MLS stadium for which the county and city of Charlotte are "each asked to contribute" up to $43.75M, according to Henderson & Portillo of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. The local ownership group of SMI's Bruton and Marcus ...

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Alamodome Seeking Naming-Rights Partner

The Alamodome "could get a new name this year," as the San Antonio City Council on Thursday "approved a contract with Premier Partnerships, a California-based sports-sales and advisory firm that has worked with the city on other projects, to begin marketing naming rights," according to Josh Baugh of ...

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SC STL MLS Stadium Plan Once Again Stalls

A plan to spend $60M in public money to build a new MLS stadium in St. Louis "stalled for the second time in nine days at the Board of Aldermen" on Thursday, according to a front-page piece by Mike Faulk of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. The Ways and Means Committee discussed the proposal with so ...

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Avaya Stays On Earthquakes' Stadium For Now

The Earthquakes hope to "work closely with Avaya for many years to come" despite the Santa Clara-based communications tech company that has its name on the club's stadium filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, according to George Avalos of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. Earthquakes COO ...

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Warriors' Groundbreaking Keeps People Talking

The Warriors' Chase Center groundbreaking was a hot topic on the afternoon TV talk shows yesterday, with ESPN's Bomani Jones calling the ceremony, which included circus-style performers and dancing excavators, "one of the richest things that I think you'll ever see." Jones said, "They're not even op ...

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New UFC HQ To Feature Athlete Center

The UFC is moving its corporate offices to a different Las Vegas location in May, and "virtually every spot" of the new facility "comes equipped with sight lines into the campus' centerpiece -- a performance institute for fighters ," according to Case Keefer of the LAS VEGAS SUN. UFC Senior Ex ...

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