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A's Looking To Enhance Fan Experience, Draw Millenials With Club Upgrade At Coliseum

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 02 / 20 / 17

The A's are "completely rebuilding what had been the West Side Club" at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum into "something of an old-time East Coast bar called the Shibe Park bar," according to John Hickey of the EAST BAY TIMES. Unlike the West Side Club, it will be "open to all fans and will include b...

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Braves Unveil Hank Aaron Tribute For New Ballpark

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Seattle Posts RFP For KeyArena Renovation

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Univ. Of Wisconsin Updating Video Boards

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01/12/17
Georgia State Unveils Turner Field Plans

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01/11/17
Revolution Stadium Effort "All But Dead"

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St. Louis' $80M MLS Stadium Bill "Effectively Dead"

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IMS' Holiday Lights Draw More Than 150,000

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