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  • SBD Article

    St. Petersburg City Council Rejects Deal Allowing Rays To Search For Ballpark

    Published December 19, 2014

    MLB's "uncertain future in Tampa Bay has grown more complicated" after the St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday "rejected an agreement negotiated by Mayor Rick Kriseman that would have given" the Rays three years to explore ballpark sites in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, according to a front-page piece by Nohlgren, Stanley & Frago of the TAMPA BAY TIMES. Council members "got their backs up when Rays president Brian Auld refused to yield an iota on development rights on Tropicana Fiel...

    Tags: Facilities, MLB, Tampa Bay Rays
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    Levine Remains Confident Yankee Stadium Field Can Handle Both MLB, MLS Game Action

    Published December 19, 2014

    MLS expansion club NYC FC in March will begin playing at Yankee Stadium, requiring at least 17 field conversions a season, but Yankees President Randy Levine on Thursday said that he has "no concerns about the turnover of the field," according to Christian Red of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Levine: "We spent a lot of time going through this. We have the greatest grounds crew and stadium operations people in the world. We feel very confident. We wouldn’t have done this unless we feel very confident t...

    Tags: New York Yankees, Facilities
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    Sabres Players, Brass Impressed With HarborCenter As Team Holds Inaugural Practice

    Published December 19, 2014

    The Sabres on Thursday held their inaugural practice at the $200M HarborCenter facility, completing the "second of two major goals" for the mixed-use development, according to John Vogl of the BUFFALO NEWS. Sabres Owner Terry Pegula envisioned HarborCenter "making Buffalo a hockey destination while giving his team a close place to practice when First Niagara Center is in use." The facility already has "hosted youth tournaments, college games and landed world championships." The Sabres moved t...

    Tags: Facilities, NHL, Buffalo Sabres
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    Mixed-Use Facility Notes: Braves To Purchase Genuine Parts HQ Site For Ballpark Parking

    Published December 19, 2014

    The Braves on Thursday announced that the club has "entered into an agreement to purchase a 9.5-acre parcel of land that currently houses the headquarters of Genuine Parts Company, which sits on Circle 75 Parkway near the site of the Braves stadium and mixed-use development." In Atlanta, Dan Klepal notes the purchase "will bring the total amount of land controlled by the Braves to more than 90 acres" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 12/19). Braves Exec VP/Sales & Marketing Derek Schiller noted ...

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    College Football Facility Notes: Rice BOT Approves Plan For End Zone Facility

    Published December 19, 2014

    In Houston, Joseph Duarte reported Rice’s BOT on Thursday "gave the green light to begin construction" on a $31.5M end zone facility. The 60,000-square-foot student-athlete performance and development building "will be located on the north side of Rice Stadium." Construction "is scheduled to begin early next year." The school said that the project "is set for completion in time" for the '16 season. Rice AD Joe Karlgaard said that the facility "will be the first major upgrade in decades and th...

    Tags: Facilities, NCAA
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    Facility Notes

    Published December 19, 2014

    Wisconsin Center District Board Chair Franklyn Gimbel said that it is "unlikely the Bucks will try to acquire" the Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Arena in order to build a new NBA venue there. In Milwaukee, Don Walker cited sources as saying that the site "now under consideration is the mostly vacant land just north of the BMO Harris Bradley Center." Bradley Center Sports & Entertainment "owns much of that land" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 12/18). In Milwaukee, Rich Kirchen reported former Buc...

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    With New Stadium Secured, DC United Eyes '17 Opening, Opportunities For More Revenue

    Published December 18, 2014

    The DC Council yesterday approved the development of a new soccer-specific stadium for DC United. The 20,000-25,000-seat stadium, to be located in the Buzzard Point neighborhood just a few blocks from Nationals Park, is expected to open for the '17 MLS season. Per the terms of the deal, the city will provide approximately $150M in land and infrastructure in addition to $43M in forgone tax revenue. The team is expected to spend approximately the same amount to build the stadium. DC United has...

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    Redskins Nix Chinese-Built Wi-Fi Deal With Company Portrayed As Security Threat

    Published December 18, 2014

    The Redskins "are moving in a different direction" from their recently revealed plan to use China-based Huawei Technologies to install a Wi-Fi network at FedExField, "just weeks after" announcing the deal in the first place, according to Bill Gertz of the WASHINGTON TIMES. Redskins Senior VP/Communications Tony Wyllie yesterday in an e-mail wrote that team execs instead "have decided to go with two American companies for installing a Wi-Fi network for fans and VIP guests at FedEx Field next s...

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    NASL Team Owner Begins Offering Vision Of Minneapolis MLS Bid

    Published December 18, 2014

    NASL club Minnesota United FC Owner Bill McGuire "in his first lengthy comments on his competition with the Vikings" to bring MLS to Minnesota, "left open the possibility of seeking government help to build his own soccer stadium and cast doubt on whether he and the Wilf family would join together on a team," according to Mike Kaszuba of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. He said that T'Wolves Owner Glen Taylor and the Pohlad family, which owns the Twins, "were now providing him with unspecified h...

    Tags: Facilities, MLS
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    Vinik Unveils Development Plan For Business, Entertainment District Around Amalie Arena

    Published December 18, 2014

    Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik yesterday "finally unveiled his vision for transforming" downtown Tampa with a $1B project that would "add nearly 3 million square feet of space for people to 'live, work, stay and play,'" according to Jamal Thalji of the TAMPA BAY TIMES. Vinik officials said that two of the three new office towers "they want to build won't start construction until they've signed up tenants." The "broad strokes of Vinik's vision have been known for some time: to build a new urban wa...

    Tags: Facilities, Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL
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    Chargers Opt Not To Terminate Stadium Lease, Committed To San Diego In '15

    Published December 17, 2014

    The Chargers last night announced they would stay at Qualcomm Stadium in '15, likely ruling out NFL relocation to L.A. for next year. That is because the Chargers have been public that they consider L.A. part of their market, and it is highly unlikely the club would make the move without the confidence that no other team was moving there. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last week also sounded a dour note when asked about L.A., saying he did not see how a team could move there by next season. I...

    Tags: Facilities, NFL, San Diego Chargers
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    Lammi Sports Acquires Dormant Wisconsin Athletic HOF, Aims For '16 Induction Ceremony

    Published December 17, 2014

    Lammi Sports Management has "purchased the assets" of the Wisconsin Athletic HOF from the state's Center District and the Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation and "plans to revive and revitalize" it, according to Gary D'Amato of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. The HOF has lain dormant "since the most recent class was inducted" in '09. Lammi Sports Founder & CEO Brian Lammi said that the next induction ceremony "would take place" in '16. Lammi, who grew up in Brown Deer, Wisc., said the re...

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