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    Wake Of The Flood: UCLA AD Says Pauley Pavilion Will Be Ready For Basketball Season

    Published July 31, 2014

    UCLA's Pauley Pavilion "will be ready when basketball season starts in November" despite being flooded Tuesday by a water-main break north of campus, according to Jack Wang of the L.A. DAILY NEWS. UCLA AD Dan Guerrero on Wednesday said, "After getting the water off yesterday and bringing the experts in, we've been assured today that we’ll be able to play in Pauley this year." Wang notes the arena "appears to have escaped structural damage." Though water leaked in from the north end of the bui...

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    Braves Name Developers For Mixed-Used Property Surrounding Cobb County Ballpark

    Published July 31, 2014

    The Braves yesterday "formally announced new members" of the development group "tasked with making a year-round winner" out of the proposed $400M mixed-use property around the team's planned Cobb County ballpark, according to Klepal, Leslie & Trubey of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. The Braves' "three primary partners" will be Fuqua Development, Pope & Land Enterprises and Pollack Shores Real Estate Group. Batson-Cook Development, a Georgia-based subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Kajima,...

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    Raptors Exploring New Practice Facility, With Announcement Coming As Soon As September

    Published July 31, 2014

    Toronto city officials "are in negotiations" with MLSE about "creating a new practice space" for the Raptors at Exhibition Place, a mixed-use district just west of downtown, according to Don Peat of the TORONTO SUN. MLSE is hopeful that if the negotiations "prove fruitful, an official announcement could happen" in September. MLSE President & CEO Tim Leiweke has made "no secret of his desire for a new, state-of-the art practice home" for the club. Leiweke has hinted that talks on the practice ...

    Tags: Facilities, Toronto Raptors, NBA
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    Facility Notes

    Published July 31, 2014

    In Oklahoma City, William Crum notes the Thunder's new court is just one of the $2.4M worth of upgrades fans will "notice this season" at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Oklahoma City Special Projects Manager Tom Anderson said that suites are "being reconfigured," with each one getting a "few new seats and the layout will be more functional." Club-level carpet will be replaced, and new videoboards are being "added to the arena bowl at a cost of $500,000," which is about "$400,000 below projections" ...

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    UCLA Officials Unsure Of Pauley Pavilion's Near-Term Availability Following Campus Flood

    Published July 30, 2014

    A "massive pipe break" last night "flooded UCLA and surrounding areas with millions of gallons of water and threatened the near-term use of Pauley Pavilion," according to a front-page piece by Queally, Gordon & Owens of the L.A. TIMES. UCLA officials last night said that they would be "unable to determine whether athletic teams would be able to use Pauley Pavilion this season until the cleanup is done and the damage is assessed." Crews were "using squeegees and water vacuums to clear water an...

    Tags: Facilities, Pac 12
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    Falcons Present Complete Designs For New Stadium, With Opening Still Planned For '17

    Published July 30, 2014

    The Falcons yesterday "presented complete design plans for their new stadium" to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority BOD and "declared the project on track to open as scheduled in less than three years," according to Tim Tucker of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Falcons President & CEO Rich McKay said, "We are in full go. We have a March 2017 date that we are certainly marching toward." Tucker notes the new design documents "show much more detail, but no dramatic changes from earli...

    Tags: Facilities, Atlanta Falcons, NFL
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    Univ. Of Akron's Stadium Under Consideration To Host Future Browns Training Camps

    Published July 30, 2014

    The Univ. of Akron's InfoCision Stadium "is under consideration" by the Browns for upcoming training camps, according to a front-page piece by George Thomas of the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL. Browns coach Mike Pettine and team officials "have expressed interest in moving from Berea in recent months." Browns Communications Coordinator Rob McBurnett confirmed that UA "was among several sites the team has reached out to regarding training camp and has sent request for proposals." UA is currently "in t...

    Tags: Facilities, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys
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    AECOM Formally Acquires Hunt Construction Group Weeks After Buying URS

    Published July 29, 2014

    AECOM today formally announced it has acquired Indianapolis-based Hunt Construction Group, significantly adding to the engineering firm's construction services. Hunt Construction group has more than 700 employees in nine U.S. offices and generated revenues of $1.2B in '13 (AECOM). Terms of the deal were not disclosed. AECOM CEO Michael Burke yesterday said that talks between the two companies "started about a year ago" and they have "worked together on several projects in the past." The WALL ...

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    Jerry Jones Supports NFL-Owned L.A. Stadium, Believes Market Gets Team Within Five Years

    Published July 29, 2014

    Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones believes that an NFL-owned stadium in L.A. "would work," according to Sam Farmer of the L.A. TIMES. Jones said of the idea, "That certainly should be considered." He added, "There are several financial structures that would fit a league-ownership position. Not just one. All of them are plausible and good business. I want to emphasize that the energy behind going back to Los Angeles will transcend business. It will be about having the game and having the support of ou...

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    Documents: Group Trying To Build MLS Venue In Vegas Needs To Plug $29M Gap

    Published July 29, 2014

    Developers proposing a $201M MLS stadium in Las Vegas "must first plug" a $29M funding gap and "reduce the taxpayers' share of the project's costs," according to city records cited by Joe Schoenmann of the LAS VEGAS SUN. Records show that the city is "proposing picking up" 74% of the stadium's total cost. The developers "would be on the hook for the remaining" 26%. The city "would own the land and stadium," while the developers "would pay the city rent to use it." But Las Vegas Economic & Urb...

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    Turtle Power: Univ. Of Maryland's Comcast Center Changing Name To Xfinity Center

    Published July 29, 2014

    The Univ. of Maryland yesterday announced the school’s basketball arena is being renamed Xfinity Center after going by Comcast Center since opening in ‘02. Rebranding the venue is part of the original deal between Comcast and UM that allows company -- upon mutual agreement -- to utilize opportunities to extend its brand. The renaming efforts, which will be of no cost to UM or the athletic department, are expected to be completed by mid-August (UM). Univ. of Maryland-Baltimore County sports ec...

    Tags: Facilities, Comcast Corp.
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    College Facility Notes: Missouri's Memorial Stadium Renovation To Add 5,300 New Seats

    Published July 29, 2014

    ...ics infrastructure" as part of the school's $200M facilities master plan. ...vor to handle concessions at all of its athletics facilities.

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