In Las Vegas, Mick Akers notes the Raiders are "sparing no expense" in the making of their Henderson practice facility and team HQ. Raiders President Marc Badain said that the facility will cost more than $75M to build. Las Vegas Stadium COO Don Webb said that the facility will "bear similar design features as the Las Vegas stadium with black glass and a ribbon motif on the outside." Housing everyone from Owner Mark Davis to the "business and team personnel, the office will be the hub" of the Raiders' operations. The team could "start to move in as early as April." The Al Davis memorial torch will be moved from RingCentral Coliseum to the Henderson facility and "installed outside the main entrance" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 7/31).
PARK IT: In Charlotte, Eva Ellenburg notes Panthers fans this season will be able to "purchase parking spots in advance" thanks to a partnership between the team and Chicago-based parking app ParkWhiz. The app "enables ticket holders to reserve and pay for single game parking and season parking packages" on the Panthers' website and mobile app, and through email. ParkWhiz parent company Arrive Senior VP/Business Development Ed Lewis said that fans will be "given an online map with availability of parking garages and lots around Bank of America Stadium, allowing them more freedom in choosing where to park and how much to spend" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 7/31).
DEAL'S OFF: In Richmond, C. Suarez Rojas notes Henrico County is "scuttling its plans for a new indoor arena at the Richmond Raceway" after negotiations with the track's owners "recently fell through." Henrico County officials "started working toward a deal last winter after the Board of Supervisors endorsed two proposals that aligned with the county's vision for an indoor arena about the same size of the VCU Siegel Center at the Richmond Raceway." Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas said both options were "contingent" on the raceway location. He added, "All of that has gone by the wayside because the location is no longer in play. We just couldn't come to an agreement on the land" (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, 7/31).