Coast to Coast
Falcons start list for new venue
The Atlanta Falcons started a season-ticket wait list program for their planned new stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2017. Fans who are not currently season-ticket holders at the Georgia Dome can sign up by placing a $100 refundable deposit to secure their priority.
The Baltimore Orioles are continuing their Birdland Passport program this year. Fans who visit five of the six participating Orioles-affiliated ballparks and have their “passport” marked will receive a limited edition Birdland Passport T-shirt. Those who visit all six ballparks — Oriole Park at Camden Yards and five minor-league venues — will be entered to win a trip for two to spring training in Sarasota, Fla., in 2015.
Garden set for $70M renovation
TD Garden this summer will undergo a privately funded $70 million renovation that is expected to be finished within two years. The development aims to improve fan experiences at the venue, home of the NBA Celtics and NHL Bruins, and expand the arena’s retail and office space.
Tasty Burger gets official status
Schools compete for most runners
The Boston-area college or university that records the most student and alumni registrants for the inaugural Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half and Festival (June 6-8 in Newton, Mass.) will receive $1,000 for its intramural sports program, courtesy of festival sponsor Geneia, a health care innovations company.
|HarborCenter rises in downtown Buffalo adjacent to First Niagara Center.
Buffalo’s new $172 million HarborCenter hockey complex has booked 20 youth events for the 2014-15 season. The twin-rink project, built by Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, is slated to open in September. The facility includes seating for 1,800 spectators at its main rink, nine locker rooms, a training facility and a theater for video study.
Unique Tim Hortons planned at complex
Officials from HarborCenter and the Tim Hortons restaurant chain revealed plans for what they say will be a one-of-a-kind Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop inside the hockey complex. The restaurant will pay tribute to the life and career of Tim Horton, a longtime NHL defenseman who died in a car crash in 1974 while a member of the Sabres.
Grizzlies partner with Farm Credit
The Fresno Grizzlies, the Class AAA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, agreed to a new partnership with Farm Credit, the nationwide network of banks and lending associations. Through the 2016 season, Farm Credit will sponsor the Grizzlies’ Farm Grown Friday home games and participate in both the club’s Farm Grown magazine and Grizzlies Community Fund initiatives.
New deal for TaxSlayer Bowl
The TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl will become the TaxSlayer Bowl in 2015 under a new six-year sponsorship agreement. Beginning in 2015, the game will be televised on ESPN and will feature an SEC team playing either a Big Ten or ACC school.
Royals offer social media center
The Kansas City Royals reached a partnership with Alexander Open Systems to create the AOS Technology HotSpot, which will serve as the technology and social media headquarters at Kauffman Stadium during games. Fans will be able to follow social media conversations about the Royals in real time, contribute to the conversations, and interact with MLB applications.
Stadium opens women-centric store
Royals Boutique, featuring women’s clothing and accessories, is among the additions to Kauffman Stadium for the 2014 MLB season. The team store is designed exclusively for female fans. Featured brands include Touch by Alyssa Milano; Fifth and Ocean; Nike; Under Armour; Majestic; Rawlings; OPI; ’47 Brand; New Era; and Cuce Boots and Heels.
SoCal Honda Dealers add Angels
Following its partnerships with the Los Angeles Dodgers, LA Galaxy, UCLA athletics and USC athletics, Southern California Honda Dealers are extending support of its home teams to include the Los Angeles Angels this year. Helpful Honda’s Random Acts of Helpfulness program will include free parking for 100 Honda drivers at all Friday home games. Scout Sports & Entertainment handled the partnerships and Secret Weapon Marketing is the agency of record for the SoCal Honda Dealers.
Network does Dodgers in Korean
SportsNet LA is offering Korean-language secondary audio programming for all live Dodgers games on its air this season. The Dodgers partnered with Radio Korea to provide the service. Radio Korea broadcasters Richard Choi and Chong Ho Yim will call the games.
Dodger Stadium gets field-level sponsor
Retirement firm Security Benefit will become a presenting sponsor of Dodger Stadium’s field level under terms of a recent deal. As an official partner of the Dodgers, Security Benefit will receive exposure on MLB’s digital platforms, an instant replay feature, pregame commercials on DodgerVision, and placement on the Dodgers’ radio broadcasts in English and Spanish.
Firms respond to Target Center RFP
Nine groups responded to the city of Minneapolis’ RFP for architecture and engineering services in the $97 million renovation of Target Center. The selection of the winning firm is slated for early May.
Tulane picks Daktronics for new stadium
Tulane University is adding a video display system to its planned new stadium that will be designed, manufactured and installed by Daktronics. The main video display, which will be located in the south end zone of Yulman Stadium, will feature a 15HD pixel layout and measure approximately 20 feet high by 95 feet wide. The stadium is under construction and is slated to be ready for the Green Wave’s football home opener in September.
Team offers Portuguese play-by-play
Orlando City SC will provide live Web broadcasts in English and Portuguese this year, making the USL Pro club the first pro sports team in the United States to offer online coverage in those two languages.
Magic trying Google Glass at games
The Orlando Magic has started using Google Glass technology at Amway Center. The Google Glass in-game experience, in partnership with the software platform CrowdOptic, aims to capture new perspectives of the in-game experience in real time and instantly share these views for fans via video screens.
|The Steelers join the Lions, Patriots, Bills, Seahawks and Dolphins as NFL teams that have implemented variable ticket pricing.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are raising ticket prices across the board by an average of 3.5 percent for next season and introducing variable pricing, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report. Preseason tickets will be reduced by 20 percent or more, and there will be two price tiers for the same seats for games in the regular season: one called “black” and the other “gold.”
Pirates partner with 84 Lumber
The Pittsburgh Pirates reached a multiyear partnership with Pennsylvania-based 84 Lumber Co. 84 Lumber will be the title sponsor of postgame fireworks July 19 at the ballpark. The agreement also provides 84 Lumber with signage displayed throughout PNC Park during the 2014 season, including on the top of the visiting bullpen roof.
COAST TO COAST — BEYOND THE COASTS
Demolition plan meets resistance
A groundswell of opposition is building in Glasgow against plans to showcase the live demolition of a skyscraper housing block during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games this summer, according to a (London) Guardian report. It has been decried as “offensive” to those who lived and died in the flats.
Cellino gets OK for Leeds purchase
Spurs could play all ‘away’ games
Group suing Real Madrid
Man City bulking up on technology
Man U logo on food labels in South Korea
AC Milan seeks investors
|AC Milan co-CEO Barbara Berlusconi called the report of a majority stake in the team being for sale “baseless.”
RIO DE JANEIRO
Army occupies shantytowns
$140M Olympic profit reported
Women’s Open signs official club
Police launch anti-terror unit
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