In L.A., Olga Grigoryants in a front-page piece reports city officials have "signed off on a fully enclosed 7,500-seat arena as part of a megadevelopment" proposed for the Woodland Hills neighborhood. The approved arena contains "half the capacity of the originally proposed 15,000-seat stadium even though the square footage of the sports arena remains about the same, roughly 320,000 square feet." Despite an original proposal to "build a stadium with a partial roof, officials recommended building a fully-enclosed arena." This is "not a final approval and residents will have until Aug. 1 to file an appeal" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 7/23).
HEADED TO COURT: The Nevada Board of Regents has approved the Univ. of Nevada's request to "file a lawsuit against architects they blame for a botched renovation project that left the school’s football stadium in violation" of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The school "plans to seek reimbursement" for the $3.8M it says it will "cost to redesign and repair a series of deficiencies, including wheelchair decks where disabled fans’ views are obstructed" (AP, 7/22).
TIGER GAMES: How Auburn "plans to keep up its facilities" is a "big question on fans’ minds" right now. Auburn AD Allen Greene said, "People need to put their money where their mouth is. A lot of our resources are already allocated to particular areas, so when people what to do this or do that, we have to have financial backing behind it. Sometimes that’s a challenge because although people may talk about something being their priority, when it comes time to put their resources into it, it may be a little different story" (Alexander City OUTLOOK, 7/20).