SBJ/January 21 - 27, 2008/SBJ In Depth

Other projects wrapping up this year

Editor's note: This story is revised from the print edition.
Billings Baseball and Multi-Use Stadium
Tenants: Pioneer League (Ind.) Billings Mustangs; Montana State University baseball; American Legion Baseball
City: Billings, Mont.
Cost: $12.5 million
Seating: 3,071 fixed seats; 500 berm
Suites: 0
Premium seats: club box seats (562 at $342 per season); dugout box seats (528 at $266 per season); field box seats (1,436 at $190 per season)
Owner: City of Billings
Operator: TBD
Architect: HNTB Architecture
Construction manager: Langlas and Associates
Scoreboard manufacturer: TBD
Seating provider: Hussey Seating
Concessionaire: In-house
Pouring rights: Pepsi
Venue corporate partners: None
Funding: 100 percent public. In November 2006, voters passed a bond issue for the stadium. Stifel Nicholaus submitted the successful bid on $10.7 million in Series A general obligation bonds, which will be repaid over 20 years with city tax revenues; RBC Dain Rauscher submitted the successful bid on $1.8 million in Series B general obligation bonds. The city is also raising money by selling commemorative bricks.
Footprint: 9.4 acres
Lease: TBD
Opening: July 1
Notes: The city sold naming rights to local businessman Jon Dehler for $1 million, but the name of the ballpark has not been determined.
Bronco Stadium*
Tenants: Boise State University football and track and field; NCAA Humanitarian Bowl
City: Boise, Idaho
Cost: $35.9 million
Capacity: Adding 16,000 seats
Suites: 39 (16 seats each); five more are reserved for university use
Premium seats: 44 loge boxes (four seats each, sold out); 740 club seats
Owner/operator: Boise State University
Architect: FFKR
Construction manager: Layton Construction
Funding: $28.7 million in school-issued bonds; already-completed fundraising; $1.4 million via a 15-year agreement with Agri Beef Co. to name the stadium banquet room the Agri Beef Stadium Club; proceeds from football team bowl payouts
Opening: Fall
Carolina First Center
Tenant: College of Charleston basketball
City: Charleston, S.C.
Cost: $47 million
Seating: 5,000
Suites: None
Club seats: $2,500 per seat for lifetime rights; donors must also maintain annual giving and pay for tickets.
Owner/operator: College of Charleston
Architect: Betsch Associates
Concessionaire: Aramark
Construction manager: Thompson Construction; Turner Construction
Scoreboard provider: TBD
Seating provider: Track Seating
Pouring rights: Coca-Cola
Venue corporate partners: TBD
Funding: NA
Opening: Fall
Citizens Business Bank Arena
Tenant: ECHL Ontario Reign
City: Ontario, Calif.
Cost: $130 million
Seating: 18,041
Suites: 36 (27 are sold, for three, five or seven years; $50,000-$75,000 annual lease; capacities range from 14-20 seats)
Premium seats: 770 (sales process has not begun)
Owner: City of Ontario
Operator: AEG
Architect: Rossetti
General contractor: Turner Construction
Scoreboard: Daktronics
Seating provider: TBD
Food concessionaire: TBD
Merchandise concessionaire: In-house
Pouring rights: TBD
Venue corporate partners: Citizens Business Bank; Olevia; San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino; ExpressJet; San Antonio Community Hospital; Mathis Brothers Furniture
Funding: The arena was built on the city-owned site of the former Ontario Speedway. The city sold the property to developers to pay 100 percent of the arena costs.
Lease: AEG will pay the city at least $1 million annually to operate the arena, according to a 10-year agreement between the two. The city will receive 75 percent of net profits.
Opening: October
Coca-Cola Park
Tenant:International League Lehigh Valley IronPigs
City: Allentown, Pa.
Cost: $48.4 million
Seating: 8,000 fixed seats (10,000 capacity); PPL Picnic Patio ($25 per person up to 500 people); THP Party Porch (35-60 people, $35 per person)
Suites: 20 suites (246 seats; sold out); 4 VIP dugout suites ($1,200 per game, for up to 30 people)
Premium seats: 1,000 (all six- to 10-year deals ranging from $1,000-$2,250 per year; sold out)
Owner: Lehigh County
Operator: Team owners and Lehigh County
Architect: HOK Sport
Construction manager: Alvin H. Butz Inc.
Scoreboard: Daktronics
Seating provider: Hussey Seating
Food concessionaire: In-house
Merchandise concessionaire: In-house
Pouring rights: Coca-Cola
Corporate partners: Coca-Cola (naming rights); Air Products, Service Electric, Capital BlueCross, Nacci Printing, The Morning Call
Funding: 100 percent county financed
Lease: Team will pay the county an average of $1.29 million annually over 30 years
Opening: April 11
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium*
Tenant: University of Texas
City: Austin, Texas
Cost: $175 million
Seating: Adding 14,000 seats
Suites: Adding 47 ($55,000-$88,000 per year)
Premium seats: Adding 2,000 ($1,250-$6,000 per year)
Owner/operator: University of Texas
Architect: Heery International
Construction manager: Hensel Phelps
Scoreboard provider: Daktronics
Seating provider: Track Seating
Venue corporate partners: None
Funding: Private gifts; $15 million from bonds backed by revenue from sales of premium seats
Opening: Aug. 30
Dunkin’ Donuts Center*
Tenants: AHL Providence Bruins; Providence College men’s basketball
City: Providence, R.I.
Cost: $62 million
Capacity: 11,000 (hockey); 12,500 (basketball)
Owner: Rhode Island Convention Center Authority
Operator: SMG
Architect: Ellerbe Becket
General contractor: Gilbane
Opening day: Fall
Florida International University Football Stadium and Field House
Tenant: Florida International University athletics, football
City: Miami
Cost: $31 million
Seating: 23,500
Suites: 19
Club seats: 1,400
Owner/operator: Florida International University
Architect: Rossetti
Construction manager: Odebrecht Construction
Concessionaire: TBD
Seating provider: Southern Bleacher Co.
Pouring rights: TBD
Venue corporate partners: TBD
Funding: University capital campaign
Opening: Sept. 20
Houchens Industries L.T. Smith Stadium
Tenant: Western Kentucky University football
City: Bowling Green, Ky.
Cost: $37.5 million
Capacity: Adding 5,000 seats
Club seats: Adding 800 at $750 per seat, three- or five-year leases
Owner/operator: Western Kentucky University
Architect: Heery International
Construction manager: Able Construction
Scoreboard provider: Daktronics
Seating provider: Irwin Seating (club), Dant Clayton (bleachers)
Food concessionaire: Centerplate
Pouring rights: Pepsi
Merchandise concessionaire: Western Kentucky University Bookstore
Venue corporate partners: Houchens Industries
Funding: $50 million project ($15 million private, $35 million institutional)
Opening: Sept. 20
Kidd Brewer Stadium
Tenant: Appalachian State University football
City: Boone, N.C.
Cost: $32 million
Capacity: Adding 4,000 seats
Suites: Adding 18 (none previously)
Club seats: Adding 500 (none previously)
Owner/operator: Appalachian State University
Architect: Walter Robbs Callahan and Pierce
Construction manager: NA
Funding: University capital campaign
Opening: Fall
Memorial Stadium*
Tenant: University of Illinois football
City: Champaign, Ill.
Cost: $127 million
Capacity: Project will reduce capacity from 69,700 to 64,000
Suites: Adding 42 (none previously); 756 capacity at $49,000-$59,000, 10-year leases through 2018, sold out.
Club seats: Adding 1,300 (none previously); 77 Club (200 indoor seats at $3,300, seven-year leases through 2015, sold out); Colonnades Club (1,100 outdoor seats at $1,575-$2,250, five- to seven-year leases, currently sold 950 out of 1100)
Owner/Operator: University of Illinois
Architect: HNTB
Seating provider: Irwin Seating Co.
Construction manager: Hunt Construction
Food concessionaire: In-house
Pouring rights: Coca-Cola
Merchandise concessionaire: GameDay Spirit
Venue corporate partners: State Farm, Nike, Gatorade, Verizon, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Carle, Health Alliance, Jimmy John’s
Funding: Sales from luxury seating and a private capital campaign
Opening: Sept. 6
Regency Furniture Stadium
Tenant: Atlantic League (Ind.) Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
City: Waldorf, Md.
Cost: $25.7 million
Seating: 4,500
Suites: 16 ($25,000 per year, 10-year lease, sold out)
Premium seats: NA
Owner: Charles County, Md.
Operator: Opening Day Partners; Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Architect: Tetra Tech
Construction manager: Skanska
Venue corporate partners: Regency Furniture (naming rights)
Funding: $8.53 million each from county bonds and from team owner; remaining from state of Maryland
Opening: May 2
Saputo Stadium
Tenant: USL Montreal Impact
City: Montreal
Cost: $15 million
Seating: 13,500 (expandable to 18,000)
Suites: 16 (sold out)
Premium seats: 126 President’s Club seats at $1,375 (sold out); 250 platinum level seats at $1,075 (sold out); 440 prestige level seats at $700 (sold out); 446 pitch level seats at $425 (50 percent sold)
Owner: Nonprofit organization
Operator: Team owner
Architect: Zinno Zappitelli
Construction manager: Broccolini Construction
Scoreboard manufacturer: Saco
Seating provider: Dant Clayton
Food concessionaire: Sportscene Group
Merchandise concessionaire: In-house
Pouring rights: Coca-Cola (soft drinks, water), Lassonde (juice), Carlsberg (beer)
Venue corporate partners: Saputo; Gouvernement du Québec; Hydro-Québec
Funding: Approximately half from the Saputo family; remaining from private sources
Footprint: 43 acres
Lease: 40-year lease; all revenue and expenses the responsibility of the team
Opening: May 18
UFCU Disch-Falk Field*
Tenant: University of Texas baseball
City: Austin, Texas
Cost: $25.8 million
Seating: Adding 1,400 seats
Suites: NA
Club seats: NA
Owner/operator: University of Texas
Architect: DLR Group, O’Connell Robertson & Associates
Construction manager: Flintco
Venue corporate partners: University Federal Credit Union (naming rights)
Scoreboard provider: Daktronics
Seating provider: Track Seating
Funding: Private gifts; bonds (paid for from premium seating revenue)
Opening: Feb. 22
WFCU Centre
Tenant: OHL Windsor Spitfire
City: Windsor, Ontario
Cost: $65 million
Seating:6,469 total seats in the arena bowl (4,484 regular seating with individual, stadium-style seats; 1,394 club seating with upholstered, stadium-style seats; 97 restaurant seats with full view of ice; 31 private suites each with 14-person seated viewing capacity; two group sales suites with 30 seated viewing capacity in each)
Owner: City of Windsor
Architect: Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects
General contractor: PCR Contractors
Concessionaire: TBD
Funding: 100 percent public. Windsor Family Credit Union will pay the city $1.62 million over a 10-year period for the naming rights.
Opening: Fall
NA —Not available
TBD — To be determined
* Renovation of existing facility. Vendors such as concessionaires or scoreboard providers are listed only when new contracts have been created due to construction.
Note: For additional details on the eight projects highlighted earlier in this section, visit our Web site:
Source: SportsBusiness Journal research
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