SBJ/July 30 - August 5, 2001/Special Report

What's on deck?


AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER

City: Dallas

Tenants: Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars

Architects: David M. Schwarz/Architectural Services Inc., HKS Inc.

Owner/operator: City of Dallas/Center Operating Co.

No. of seats: 19,200 (basketball), 18,100 (hockey)

No. of suites/club seats: 142/2,028

Projected cost: $420 million

Funding: The City of Dallas will pay $125 million and will collect $3.4 million in annual rent for 30 years from the Center Operating Co. American Airlines signed a 30-year, $195 million naming-rights deal in March 1999.

General contractor/construction manager: Austin Commercial Inc. (both)

Concessionaires: Sportservice, Well Bread, Chef Dean Fearing of the Mansion on Turtle Creek

Scheduled for completion: Aug. 19


ATLANTIC CITY BOARDWALK HALL

City: Atlantic City, N.J.

Tenant: ECHL Birmingham Bulls (team is relocating)

Architects: Ewing Cole Cherry & Brott, Rosser International, Watson & Henry Associates

Owner/operator: New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority/SMG

No. of seats: 11,000 (hockey), 13,000 (boxing)

No. of suites/club seats: None/416

Projected cost: $90.6 million

Funding: Approximately $72 million from casino re-investment development funds, which is funded by taxes on Atlantic City gaming; New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority will pay the remainder.

General contractor/construction manager: Tishman Construction Corp., Baumgardner Construction Co. (both)

Concessionaire: Well Bread

Scheduled for completion: Sept. 22


BRIDGEPORT ARENA

City: Bridgeport, Conn.

Tenants: AHL Sound Tigers; Fairfield University Stags

Architects: Kasper Group Inc., Stadium Consultants International Inc.

Owner/operator: City of Bridgeport/Volume Services America

No. of seats: 8,500-10,050

No. of suites/club seats: 42/1,300

Projected cost: $52 million

Funding: $35 million state grant; $9 million from city; a $16 million federal grant is paying for a parking lot shared with the Atlantic League Bridgeport Bluefish ($9 million of that is allotted to the arena cost); any cost overruns will be covered by Volume Services America and the team.

General contractor/construction manager: CR Klewin (both)

Concessionaire: Volume Services America

Scheduled for completion: September


MOHEGAN SUN ARENA

City: Uncasville, Conn.

Tenant: AF2 expansion team (2002)

Architects: Heinlein Schrock Stearns, Rockwellgroup

Owner/operator: Mohegan Tribal Gaming Association

No. of seats: 10,000

No. of suites/club seats: N/A

Projected cost: $40 million

Funding: 100 percent owner financed; part of a $960 million construction project.

General contractor/construction manager: Perini Building Co. (both)

Concessionaire: In-house

Scheduled for completion: September


SOVEREIGN CENTER

City: Reading, Pa.

Tenant: ECHL Reading Royals

Architects: STV Architects, PBK Architects Inc.

Owner/operator: Berks County Convention Center Authority/SMG

No. of seats: 8,200

No. of suites/club seats: 20/700

Projected cost: $32 million

Funding: $16 million from a state redevelopment capital fund; $10 million from the Berks County Convention Center Authority; $4.5 million from a community development grant from the city; $600,000 land donation; approximately $1 million from a 2% local hotel tax. Sovereign Bancorp signed a five-year, $2.25 million naming-rights deal July 1999.

General contractor/construction manager: Turner Construction (both)

Concessionaire: TBD

Scheduled for completion: September


VERIZON WIRELESS ARENA

City: Manchester, N.H.

Tenant: AHL Manchester Monarchs

Architects: HOK Sport, Lavallee/Brensinger Professional Association

Owner/operator: City of Manchester/SMG

No. of seats: 10,019

No. of suites/club seats: 34/600

Projected cost: $68 million

Funding: City of Manchester pledged $50 million in bonds to be repaid from its share of the existing state tourism tax, for a maximum of 80 percent from public funds. Verizon Wireless signed a 15-year, $11.4 million naming-rights deal in June.

General contractor/construction manager: Gilbane Building Co. (both)

Concessionaire: Aramark

Scheduled for completion: September


ENGELSTAD ARENA

City: Grand Forks, N.D.

Tenants: University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux basketball and hockey

Architect: Schoen Associates

Owner/operator: Ralph Engelstad (both) (will turn over ownership and operating once facility is solvent)

No. of seats: 11,406 (hockey), 8,600 (basketball)

No. of suites/club seats: 48/268

Projected cost: $85 million

Funding: Paid for out of a December 1998 gift of $100 million from Ralph Engelstad.

General contractor/construction manager: The Challenge Group (both)

Concessionaire: In-house

Scheduled for completion: October


JOHN M. AND GERTRUDE E. PETERSEN EVENTS CENTER

City: Pittsburgh

Tenant: University of Pittsburgh Panthers

Architects: Rosser International, Apostolou Associates

Owner/operator: University of Pittsburgh (both)

No. of seats: 12,500

No. of suites/club seats: 13/2,000

Projected cost: $60 million

Funding: $38 million from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, $10 million from John and Gertrude Petersen; the remaining funding comes from the University of Pittsburgh.

General contractor/construction manager: Pitt-Center Partners (joint venture between Mizerak Towers and Associates, P.J. Dick Inc. and O'Brien Construction)

Concessionaire: The Wood Co.

Scheduled for completion: January 2002


COMCAST CENTER

City: College Park, Md.

Tenant: University of Maryland-College Park Terrapins

Architects: Ellerbe Becket, Design Collective

Owner/operator: University of Maryland-College Park/TBD

No. of seats: 17,100

No. of suites/club seats: 20/4,000

Projected cost: $106 million

Funding: Comcast Corp. signed a 25-year, $20 million naming-rights deal last January and later signed an additional $5 million agreement for on-court logo display. The remainder will come from the Maryland Stadium Authority and the University of Maryland.

General contractor/construction manager: Gilbane Building Co./The Smoot Corp.

Concessionaire: In-house

Scheduled for completion: Spring 2002


DOWNTOWN ARENA

City: Oklahoma City

Tenants: CHL Oklahoma City Blazers, AFL Oklahoma City Wranglers

Architects: The Benham Group, Sink Combs Dethlefs

Owner/operator: Oklahoma City/SMG

No. of seats: 18,000

No. of suites/club seats: 28/3,000

Projected cost: $89.2 million

Funding: 100 percent public; paid with a five-year MAPS regional sales tax (1996-2000).

General contractor/construction manager: Flintco (both)

Concessionaire: TBD

Scheduled for completion: Spring 2002


MASSILLON ARENA

City: Massillon, Ohio

Tenant: UHL Arctic Xpress

Architect: Olsavsky Jaminet

Owner/operator: Massillon Arena LLC/MG Dove LLC

No. of seats: 6,500

No. of suites/club seats: 20/TBD

Projected cost: $20 million

Funding: City of Massillon received $1 million from the state capital projects budget to pay for infrastructure; the rest is private.

General contractor/construction manager: MG Construction LLC/B&B Construction Co.

Concessionaire: TBD

Scheduled for completion: Spring 2002


RESCH CENTER

Location: Green Bay

Tenants: USHL Green Bay Gamblers, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay basketball

Architect: Odell Associates Inc.

Owner/operator: Brown County, Wis./Promotion Management Inc.

No. of seats: 11,000

No. of suites/club seats: 25/500

Projected cost: $35 million

Funding: 100 percent from existing hotel tax on seven surrounding municipalities.

General contractor/construction manager: Miron Construction Co. (both)

Concessionaire: In-house

Scheduled for completion: August 2002


GIANT CENTER

City: Hershey, Pa.

Tenant: AHL Hershey Bears

Architect: HOK Sport

Owner/operator: Derry Township Industrial and Commercial Development Authority/Regional Arena Management LLC

No. of seats: 10,500

No. of suites/club seats: 40/700

Projected cost: $56 million

Funding: $25 million state redevelopment assistance grant; $10 million from Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Co. (team owner); Giant Food Stores Inc. signed a 10-year, $4.5 million naming-rights deal in July 2000; county hotel tax and a bond from Derry Township will pay the rest.

General contractor/construction manager: Hunt Construction (both)

Concessionaire: In-house

Scheduled for completion: September 2002


GAMECOCKS ARENA

City: Columbia, S.C.

Tenants: University of South Carolina Gamecocks; ECHL Columbia Inferno

Architect: Rosser International

Owner/operator: USC (both)

No. of seats: 12,600 (hockey), 18,500 (basketball)

No. of suites/club seats: 41/TBD

Projected cost: $70 million

Funding: USC pledged $30 million in bonds last March; City of Columbia and Richland County will provide $7.5 million and provide the property; remainder will come from private donors through USC capital campaign.

General contractor/construction manager: Beers Construction (both)

Concessionaire: Volume Services America

Scheduled for completion: October 2002


ALLENTOWN SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT ARENA

Location: Allentown, Pa.

Tenants: UHL Lehigh Valley Xtreme, AF2 expansion team (2002)

Architect: Callaway & Associates

Owner/operator: Allentown Arena Corp./Global Spectrum

No. of seats: 5,700

No. of suites/club seats: 22/none

Projected cost: $18 million

Funding: 100 percent private

General contractor/construction manager: Bracy Construction (both)

Concessionaire: The Wood Co.

Scheduled for completion: November 2002


KIMBALL ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS CENTER

City: Kimball, Mich.

Tenant: UHL Port Huron Border Cats

Architects: Callaway & Associates, Brisbin Brook Beynon

Owner/operator: Afr Enterprises/SMG

No. of seats: 6,500

No. of suites/club seats: 35/TBD

Projected cost: $36 million

Funding: 100 percent private

General contractor/construction manager: Asmar Construction (both)

Concessionaire: TBD

Scheduled for completion: November 2002


BUCKNELL RECREATION & ATHLETIC CENTER

City: Lewisburg, Pa.

Tenant: Bucknell University Bisons

Architects: Ewing Cole Cherry & Brott, Rosser International

Owner/operator: Bucknell University (both)

No. of seats: 4,000

No. of suites/club seats: 5/TBD

Projected cost: $48 million

Funding: Kenneth and Elaine Langone pledged $11 million in 1999 for the facility and will name the center; university capital campaign will pay the rest.

General contractor/construction manager: Mowery & Associates (both)

Concessionaire: The Wood Co.

Scheduled for completion: December 2002


LAREDO ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

City: Laredo, Texas

Tenant: WPHL expansion team

Architect: LAN Associates

Owner/operator: City of Laredo/SMG

No. of seats: 8,000

No. of suites/club seats: 15/400

Projected cost: $35 million

Funding: 100 percent public through a 0.25% sales tax increase. Team owner Arena Ventures will lease the facility from the city.

General contractor/construction manager: TBD (to be announced Aug. 9)

Concessionaire: TBD

Scheduled for completion: Fall 2002


LONDON ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

Location: London, Ontario, Canada

Tenant: Ontario Hockey League London Knights

Architect: Stadium Consultants International Inc.

Owner/operator: Civic Centre Limited Partnership and the City of London/Global Spectrum

No. of seats: 9,000

No. of suites/club seats: 38/TBD

Projected cost: $27 million

Funding: Public-private partnership between team owner Anschutz Sports Holdings Ltd., the City of London and other investors.

General contractor/construction manager: Ellis-Don Construction Ltd. (both)

Concessionaire: TBD

Scheduled for completion: Fall 2002


PROSPECT HEIGHTS ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

City: Prospect Heights, Ill.

Tenant: NPSL expansion team

Architect: HOK Sport

Owner/operator: Prospect Development LLC (private) (both)

No. of seats: 9,000

No. of suites/club seats: 42/TBD

Projected cost: $60 million

Funding: 80 percent (or a projected $48 million) financed by the team owners and Volume Services America. The remaining 20 percent (or a projected $12 million) is public funding from an existing tax-increment financing plan, to be repaid with property taxes from the development. Part of an $80 million project.

General contractor/construction manager: Morse Diesel Inc.

Concessionaire: Volume Services America

Scheduled for completion: Fall 2002


RYDER CENTER

City: Miami

Tenant: University of Miami Hurricanes basketball and volleyball

Architect: Spillis Candela

Owner/operator: University of Miami (both)

No. of seats: 7,000

No. of suites/club seats: 25/4,000

Projected cost: $48 million

Funding: Ryder System Inc. made a $9 million donation in March 1995; capital campaign completed last December will pay the remainder.

General contractor/construction manager: Turner Construction (both)

Concessionaire: TBD

Scheduled for completion: Fall 2002


SBC CENTER

City: San Antonio

Tenant: San Antonio Spurs

Architects: Ellerbe Becket, Kell Munoz, Lake-Flato

Owner/operator: Bexar County/team

No. of seats: 18,500

No. of suites/club seats: 54/1,700

Projected cost: $175 million

Funding: Team will pay $28.5 million, and Bexar County will pay $146.5 million in voter-approved bonds. SBC Communications signed a 20-year, $41 million naming-rights deal in July 2000, plus an additional $44 million in promotional rights to events, ad spots and signage. SBC owns 7 percent of the Spurs.

General contractor/construction manager: Hunt Construction/SpawGlass Contractors Inc.

Concessionaire: TBD

Scheduled for completion: Fall 2002


SOL COMMUNICATIONS COLISEUM

City: Hidalgo, Texas

Tenant: WPHL expansion team

Architects: PBK Architects Inc., Eduardo Vela Architects

Owner/operator: City of Hidalgo/International Coliseums Co.

No. of seats: 5,000

No. of suites/club seats: 24/500

Projected cost: $18 million

Funding: Certificate of obligation for $8.8 million from the City of Hidalgo; Sol Communications signed a 10-year, $1.85 million naming-rights deal last April; the remainder will come from International Coliseums Co.

General contractor/construction manager: Nustadia Developments, USA Inc./Williamson Construction

Concessionaire: TBD

Scheduled for completion: Fall 2002


SOUTHEAST TEXAS ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

City: Beaumont, Texas

Tenant: TBD

Architects: Long, Magnuson Architects; Sustaita Associates

Owner/operator: Jefferson County (Texas)/SMG

No. of seats: 7,500

No. of suites/club seats: 12/350

Projected cost: $28 million

Funding: 100 percent public through a voter-approved county sales tax increase; part of a $35 million project that includes a 13,000-seat amphitheater and softball complex.

General contractor/construction manager: TBD (to be announced Aug. 16)

Concessionaire: TBD

Scheduled for completion: Fall 2002


TED CONSTANT CONVOCATION CENTER

City: Norfolk, Va.

Tenant: Old Dominion University Monarchs

Architects: Rossetti Associates, Moseley Harris & McClintock

Owner/operator: ODU/Global Spectrum

No. of seats: 8,600

No. of suites/club seats: 8-16/900

Projected cost: $38 million

Funding: A student activity fee began in the mid-'90s, increasing each year; Theodore F. "Ted" Constant donated $5 million last February.

General contractor/construction manager: SB Ballard Construction (both)

Concessionaire: TBD

Scheduled for completion: Fall 2002


UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND CONVOCATION CENTER

City: Kingston, R.I.

Tenant: University of Rhode Island Rams

Architect: HOK Sport

Owner/operator: URI/Global Spectrum

No. of seats: 8,000

No. of suites/club seats: 6/none

Projected cost: $54 million

Funding: $18 million in state appropriations, $21 million in revenue bonds and $15 million in private donations, including a $3 million pledge from CVS Corp.

General contractor/construction manager: Gilbane Building Co. (both)

Concessionaire: Boston Concessions

Scheduled for completion: Fall 2002


SAVE MART CENTER

City: Fresno, Calif.

Tenant: Fresno State University Bulldogs

Architect: Sink Combs Dethlefs

Owner/operator: California State University Fresno Association Inc. (both)

No. of seats: 16,000

No. of suites/club seats: 32/1,000

Projected cost: $103 million

Funding: University capital campaign has raised more than $85 million to date; Pepsi Bottling Group acquired naming rights to the venue as part of a 20-year, $40 million sponsorship deal but passed the naming rights to Modesto, Calif.-based Save Mart Supermarkets while retaining campuswide pouring rights. Bonds will be sold this fall to cover any remaining expenses.

General contractor/construction manager: Turner Construction (both)

Concessionaire: TBD

Scheduled for completion: Fall 2003

 

N/A — Not available

TBD — To be determined

Source: Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal research

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