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    Bengals Reach Deal With County To Share Costs Of Paul Brown Stadium Upgrades

    Published April 18, 2014

    A $16.5M deal between the Bengals and Hamilton County (Ohio) Commissioners will "upgrade Paul Brown Stadium" and "pave the way for the next phase" of The Banks mixed-use riverfront development, according to a front-page piece by Sharon Coolidge of the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER. The deal marks "what one commissioner called a 'new era' between the team and county -- which owns Paul Brown Stadium -- after decades of lawsuits and vitriol." The Bengals "waived height restrictions" at The Banks and the c...

    Tags: Facilities, Cincinnati Bengals, NFL
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    ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers Won't Have Rooftop Rink, Citing Structural Concerns

    Published April 18, 2014

    The ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers are moving their "proposed rooftop ice-rink facility at the Plaza to a ground-level parking lot at the hotel-casino on Main Street," according to Alan Snel of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. Wranglers spokesperson Lucy Stewart "cited structural issues for shifting the tentlike arena structure to the Plaza parking lot on the south side of the hotel parking lot." The new site plan "shows the seating surrounding the entire rink." Under the previous plan, seating was "i...

    Tags: Facilities, ECHL
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    Competition Between Barclays Center, MSG To Land Top Events Heating Up

    Published April 18, 2014

    Barclays Center vs. Madison Square Garden has become "the latest intrametro rivalry pitting borough against borough," according to Eriq Gardner of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The "war between the two giant sports and entertainment arenas has been fairly civil by Big Apple standards -- mostly because Manhattan's MSG was partly closed for renovations when Brooklyn's Barclays opened its doors 18 months ago." But since the "refurbished Garden started selling tickets again in October, there have been ...

    Tags: Facilities, New York Knicks, New York Rangers, Brooklyn Nets
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    Facility Notes

    Published April 18, 2014

    In Las Vegas, Alan Snel reports AEG and MGM Resorts Int'l plan "to move the first chunk of earth" for their $350M arena behind New York-New York at "a groundbreaking ceremony set for May 1," with a projected opening in spring '16. It will "open without an NBA or NHL tenant because AEG and MGM plan to line up programming such as concerts, MMA fight shows, sports events, award shows and boxing matches." Still, the arena "will be built to NBA and NHL specifications" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 4/...

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    Lexington Mayor Pushing Forward On Rupp Upgrades Despite Failed Funding Vote

    Published April 17, 2014

    Lexington Mayor Jim Gray yesterday said that he "plans to push forward" on a $310M proposed renovation of Rupp Arena and the attached Lexington Convention Center, but added that it is "too early to say how a lack of state funding will affect the timetable for the project," according to a front-page piece by Beth Musgrave of the LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER. Gray's comments came "a day after the legislature failed to vote" on $80M in state aid for the project. Gray originally said that he "hoped th...

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    Purdue Adding New Video, Scoreboards As Part Of $30-60M Stadium Renovation

    Published April 17, 2014

    Purdue Univ. as part of a new renovation project will add "two large video boards, including a giant scoreboard that will, in essence, enclose the south end zone" of Ross-Ade Stadium, according to Pete DiPrimio of the Ft. Wayne NEWS-SENTINEL. Texas A&M currently has the nation's largest scoreboard in college sports, but Purdue AD Morgan Burke during a gathering of John Purdue Club members said that, in an "ideal world, the Boilers' new scoreboard would be just a little bigger." He said that i...

    Tags: Facilities, Big Ten
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    Mark Chipman Says Jets Looking To Add Loge Seating Off 300 Level Of MTS Centre

    Published April 17, 2014

    NHL Jets Chair Mark Chipman said that the seating capacity of the 15,004-seat MTS Centre "could go up in the not-too-distant future," according to Tim Campbell of the WINNIPEG FREE PRESS. Chipman yesterday said, "We've looked at a plan to build some loge seating which would basically hang off the 300 level so we're going through the engineering and studying that, currently. But we're only talking about 250, maybe 300 seats, not thousands." He added, "We can't physically expand (the MTS Centre...

    Tags: Facilities, Winnipeg Jets
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    MLB Facility Notes: A's Willing To Invest More Than $10M If Ballpark Lease Extended

    Published April 17, 2014

    CSNBAYAREA.com’s Joe Stiglich noted if the A’s manage to get a 10-year lease extension at O.co Coliseum, co-Owner Lew Wolff says that the team "is ready to sink money to make improvements at the aging venue.” Wolff said, “One thing that would make the ballpark look better and save a lot of aggravation is a top-notch scoreboard. We need to put in two, put in exactly where they are. (The current ones) are falling apart. We can’t get parts.” He said that the franchise is “willing to make improve...

    Tags: Facilities, MLB
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    A's Seeking 10-Year Lease At O.co Coliseum, But City Wants Raiders Deal First

    Published April 16, 2014

    The A's "appear resigned to staying put" at O.co Coliseum, and "are in negotiations" for a 10-year lease extension, according to Matier & Ross of the S.F. CHRONICLE. The deal calls for the team to make "nominal rent payments in return for the A's paying" for $10-$12M in stadium improvements. The improvements include "a new electronic scoreboard and a ribbon scoreboard between the first and second decks." A's co-Owner Lew Wolff said, "We hope to have (a deal) as soon as possible." He added, "T...

    Tags: Oakland Athletics, MLB, Facilities
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    Big East Secures 10-Year Lease On Manhattan Office Space To Serve As New HQ

    Published April 16, 2014

    The Big East today announced that it has signed a 10-year lease agreement with The Durst Organization that will bring the conference’s official HQ to 655 Third Ave. in midtown Manhattan. The seventh-floor office space, totaling 13,742 square feet, is located on the corner of 42nd Street. The interior will be newly renovated. Occupancy is expected in late summer. Terms of the lease were not disclosed. The temporary HQ has been in Proskauer's Times Square office since last year, and prior to th...

    Tags: Facilities, Big East
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    NYC FC To Play First Three Seasons As MLS Club At Yankee Stadium

    Published April 15, 2014

    NYC FC is slated to join MLS next year, and the club will "play its first three seasons at Yankee Stadium," according to sources cited by Das & Waldstein of the N.Y. TIMES. An official announcement is expected next week. The site of the team's home games has "hovered since it was announced last May that the club would join the league, delaying plans for everything from marketing and advertising to season ticket sales." NYC FC, which is jointly owned by the Yankees and EPL club Manchester City...

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    Indianapolis Approves 10-Year, $160M Deal Keeping Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

    Published April 15, 2014

    The Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board yesterday "voted unanimously in favor" of a 10-year, $160M deal keeping the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, while city officials "defended" the cost against critics, according to Tony Cook of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR. The agreement also includes "three one-year renewal options." Critics question whether the "financial burden is too great for a city that struggles to fund police and pothole repairs." But supporters said that the deal “ensures a contin...

    Tags: Facilities, Indiana Pacers, NBA
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