Facilities

St. Petersburg Mayor hires consultant for Tropicana Field redevelopment

Daily / Thursday, April 15, 2021
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman "went ahead and executed the contract himself" to "hire a consultant on the Tropicana Field redevelopment project," according to Josh Solomon of the TAMPA BAY TIMES. Kriseman reduced the contract to $99,000 this week, "just under the $100,000 threshold that triggers mandatory City Council approval," so...

Flames' arena plans paused due to budget issues

Daily / Thursday, April 15, 2021
The Flames' plans to build a new home "are on hold," just days after a "closed-door meeting to update city councillors on the status of Calgary's $550-million event centre," according to Eric Francis of SPORTSNET.ca. Calgary Municipal Land Corp. President & CEO Kate Thompson said, "At this...

FSU shares new renderings for proposed football-only facility

Daily / Thursday, April 15, 2021
The Florida State athletic department and Seminole Boosters, Inc. "shared an updated rendering of FSU's proposed football operations building," and it "shows a 150,000 square-foot building which would be attached to FSU's existing Dunlap Athletic Training Complex," according to Curt Weiler of the TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT. The move of the FSU...

MLB Facility Notes: Giants' McCovey statue in storage until '23

Daily / Monday, April 12, 2021
In S.F., John Shea noted the Willie McCovey statue that usually stands in the waters outside the Giants' Oracle Park "remains in storage." A team official said that the statue "won't return until mid- to late 2023 ... because of the construction of China Basin Park and Phase 1...

Oakland Mayor throws support behind A's new ballpark

Daily / Monday, April 12, 2021
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf penned an op-ed in the San Jose MERCURY NEWS in which she expresses her support for the A's plan to build a waterfront ballpark at the Howard Terminal site, calling it a "once-in-a-generation project for Oakland." Schaaf: "I will work side-by-side with the A's in...

Globe Life Field's Texas Sized Opening Week

Weekly / Monday, April 12, 2021
Texas Rangers fans waited nearly a year for the chance to watch their hometown team play at the new Globe Life Field. That opportunity finally arrived on April 5 as a near-capacity crowd of more than 38,000 came out for the home opener at the one-year-old ballpark,...

Officials clarify Superdome renovation delay, now said to be at one year

Daily / Friday, April 9, 2021
The multiyear, $450M renovation of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome "likely will take a year longer than originally proposed because of coronavirus-related budget shortfalls," according to Amie Just of the New Orleans ADVOCATE. ASM Global Business Operations Dir Evan Holmes on Wednesday during a House Appropriations Committee meeting said that they...

PPG Paints Arena betting lounge approved, poised to open next month

Daily / Friday, April 9, 2021
Sports & Exhibition Authority BOD members on Thursday "cleared the way" for the opening of the BetRivers Lounge at PPG Paints Arena by "approving the changes needed to accommodate it," according to Mark Belko of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. SEA said that the lounge, a partnership between the...

Facility Notes

Daily / Friday, April 9, 2021
In DC, Steven Goff cites sources as saying that the NWSL has "barred matches" at Segra Field, where the Washington Sprit sometimes play home games, "until infrastructure upgrades, such as permanent locker rooms, are completed next month." Goff notes the Spirit were "planning to return" to the...