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  • SBD Article

    SunTrust Banks Buys Naming Rights To Braves' New Ballpark In 25-Year Deal

    Published September 16, 2014

    Learn more about SunTrust Banks Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks has signed a 25-year naming-rights deal for the new Braves ballpark in Cobb County (Ga.), which officials "broke ground" on today and will open in '17, according to Hudson & Couret of the ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the agreement "includes marquee signage for SunTrust as well as additional signage and promotional opportunities" throughout SunTrust Park and the adjacent mixed-use ...

    Tags: Facilities, Atlanta Braves, MLB
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    Red Wings To Unveil Latest Drawings Of New Arena Amid Redeveloped Neighborhood

    Published September 16, 2014

    Architectural drawings of the Red Wings' new $450M arena to be unveiled this week show "plans for a huge state-of-the-art entertainment venue in a walkable neighborhood," according to Louis Aguilar of the DETROIT NEWS. The new drawings "will be revealed" Thursday at 5:00pm ET to the Detroit City Council. Work is "expected to begin on the new arena site Sept. 25." It is the "linchpin of a planned" $650M, 45-block "transformation of a mostly gritty, undeveloped area on the northern edge of down...

    Tags: Facilities, Detroit Red Wings, NHL
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    NFL, Local Leaders Support Commission For Development Of HOF Village In Canton

    Published September 16, 2014

    Leaders of the Pro Football HOF, Canton City Schools, private investors and business leaders have "commissioned a study to see what it would take to turn the Hall of Fame into more than a campus," according to Todd Porter of the CANTON REPOSITORY. A "key part of that study would examine the addition of a four-star hotel and conference center" known as the Hall of Fame Village. HOF President & Exec Dir David Baker "thinks big -- Walt Disney-big." Baker said, "We have John Madden, Dick Butkus a...

    Tags: Facilities, NFL
  • SBD Article

    49ers Working To Improve Traffic Flow At Levi's Stadium After Postgame Issues

    Published September 16, 2014

    About half the fans driving home from Sunday's 49ers game at Levi's Stadium "were trapped in their lots for up to two hours as a constant stream of pedestrians and trains blocked their paths," according to Mike Rosenberg of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. 49ers VP/Stadium Operations & Security Jim Mercurio said, "We're going back to the drawing board. It's taking far too long for my liking." But he added, "I got to be honest -- that's one you can't really solve for, when 70,000 people all leave at...

    Tags: Facilities, San Francisco 49ers, NFL
  • SBD Article

    Univ. Of Michigan Proposing $168M Facilities Project, Including New Lacrosse Stadium

    Published September 16, 2014

     The project, designed to "improve facilities for a number of athletes from the men’s and women...

    Tags: Facilities, Big Ten
  • SBD Article

    Welcome To Farmville: Royal Farms Agrees To Naming-Rights Deal For Baltimore Arena

    Published September 16, 2014

    Baltimore-based convenience store chain Royal Farms has "agreed to pay $250,000 per year for five year" to acquire the naming rights to the 14,000-seat Baltimore Arena, according to Natalie Sherman of the Baltimore SUN. The city will vote tomorrow on whether to accept the deal, which would "go into effect Nov. 1" if approved. The agreement gives Royal Farms "first crack at negotiating a new naming rights deal, even if the facility relocates or is redeveloped." SMG Holdings, which manages the ...

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    Facility Notes

    Published September 16, 2014

    In Minneapolis, Nick Halter reported the Wild have "struck a deal with Jack Daniel's that includes a renovation and rebranding of the Xcel Energy Center's Headwaters Bar & Restaurant." The 220-seat Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Club will be "unveiled before the NHL season starts." The restaurant is the "centerpiece of a multiyear partnership between the Tennessee whiskey distillery" and the club. The club-level restaurant "will be open to all fans." The deal "also includes TV and in-arena advertisi...

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    Traffic Issues Still Biggest Concern After Levi's Stadium Regular-Season Debut

    Published September 15, 2014

    The 49ers last night opened Levi's Stadium "with the nation's eyes focused on the team's new high-tech stadium," according to a front-page piece by Mike Rosenberg of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. Pregame festivities for Bears-49ers included "franchise luminaries" such as Pro Football HOFers Jerry Rice and Joe Montana. The ceremony started at 5:01pm PT "in a nod" to Levi's. There were "fireworks on the field and a thumping halftime concert by rapper Snoop Dogg." Local celebrities such as former M...

    Tags: Facilities, San Francisco 49ers, NFL
  • SBD Article

    Bulls Open New Downtown Practice Facility With High-End Amenities

    Published September 15, 2014

    The Bulls on Friday "returned their practices to Chicago" with a "ribbon cutting ceremony at their new training facility in the shadow of the United Center," according to John Byrne of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. The move to the Advocate Center comes as the Madison Street corridor west of downtown "continues its gentrification." Bulls Exec VP/Basketball Operations John Paxson said that it also "reflects the desire of many players to live in Chicago and have easy commutes to practices and home games...

    Tags: Facilities, Chicago Bulls, NBA
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    Gap In Funding Could Derail Palm Beach Spring Training Facility For Nats, Astros

    Published September 15, 2014

    A $30M "hurdle may put the price of attracting" the Spring Training home for two MLB teams "too far out of Palm Beach County's ballpark," according to Andy Reid of the South Florida SUN-SENTINEL. The Astros and Nationals have proposed a $140M deal that "calls for building a publicly funded stadium and training facility in West Palm Beach that would be shared by the two teams." The new facility would be "mostly paid for with money from taxes on local hotel stays." The new deal calls for the st...

    Tags: Facilities, MLB
  • SBJ Article

    Staples Center upgrades retractable seating

    Published September 15, 2014 by Don Muret

    Staples Center officials are spending a big chunk of money to upgrade the retractable seating system at one of sports’ busiest arenas. The $4 million investment by AEG, the arena’s owner and operator, tops the list of several renovations at a facility turning 15 years old next month, including a new LED sports lighting system and the relocation of Team Store LA to a larger space. The total cost for all offseason retrofits is about $7.5 million, according to Staples Center President Lee Zeid...

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  • SBD Article

    Palm Beach County Denies Astros, Nationals More Bed Tax Funds For New Venue

    Published September 12, 2014

    Astros Owner Jim Crane “changed his mind about not speaking at the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council meeting Thursday after the council failed to give" his team and the Nationals "all the hotel tax money they want to build a spring training stadium in West Palm Beach,” according to a front-page piece by Joe Capozzi of the PALM BEACH POST. Crane, after nearly two hours of debate, said, “I think this is the best deal you will ever see and I don’t think you will see two teams back he...

    Tags: Facilities, Houston Astros, Washington Nationals
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