June 24, 1999 |
On rainy afternoons, children may soon have a dry place to kick around a soccer ball, pass a puck and just keep out of their parents' hair, township officials say. Last week, the township zoning board approved a plan to build a 44,730-square-foot sports arena on a three-acre lot in the Lawrence Park industrial site on Parkway Road. The site already has two recreational centers - Kehler's Gymnastics and Kids Fun Factory, and the RBI Baseball Academy. "This whole area will be incorporated for kids," said the developer, Anthony Patrone of Robert Antonini Associates.
June 10, 1991 |
The deal that was almost done a dozen times, that took 30 months to complete and millions to negotiate, that drew the attentions of two states, three governors, two mayors, fistfuls of lawyers and gaggles of bureaucrats, is done. Really done this time. Gov. Casey, Mayor Goode and Edward M. Snider, founder of Spectacor, will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. today to announce that agreement has been reached to build a swank 21,000-seat sports arena in South Philadelphia. The deal ensures that the Flyers and 76ers will stay in Philadelphia and puts an end to their threat to move to Camden.
June 27, 1991 |
Though it poses some problems, the construction of a $100 million sports arena in South Philadelphia means too much money for too many people to pass up. That was the overriding sentiment yesterday as the city's business and labor interests urged City Council to approve the project, which would replace the Spectrum and keep the 76ers and Flyers in town for three more decades. The project "will lead to jobs and contracts for the people of Philadelphia," declared Emma C. Chappell, chief executive officer of United Bank of Philadelphia, which is scheduled to open this fall.
May 30, 1991 |
Suddenly yesterday the sports-arena deal became a political big deal. Both Edward G. Rendell and Frank L. Rizzo questioned the use of city tax dollars for a new sports complex for the 76ers and the Flyers. Since they are the Democratic and Republican nominees for mayor, that could put a cloud over the lame-duck Goode administration's delicate negotiations to keep the teams in town. Rendell, who in 1989 helped broker initial talks between Goode and the teams' owners when they threatened to move to New Jersey, suggested he opposed using tax money to build a parking garage next to the proposed arena.
July 23, 1999 |
Promise Keepers, the evangelical Christian men's movement, is holding a mass gathering at the First Union Spectrum tonight and tomorrow. To prepare, volunteers such as Rose Opp blessed the arena by praying over each seat and reading Bible passages. "The concept is to take this sports arena and sanctify it as a place for worship, a sanctuary," said Promise Keepers spokesman Steve Chavis.
May 23, 1991 |
The first step toward a state-funded convention center and sports arena in Camden or Gloucester County would be taken if the state Senate approves a bill sponsored by two local legislators. The legislation, proposed by Assemblywoman Ann Mullen (D., Camden) and Assemblyman Anthony Marsella (D., Gloucester County), calls for a study to determine what areas in the two counties would be suitable for the complex. The measure has passed the Assembly. Marsella said the feasibility study would be conducted by the Camden and Gloucester County Development Authorities and would determine how the convention center and sports arena could benefit both counties.
November 3, 1995
A win-win-win situation is rare anywhere, but particularly in poverty- plagued North Central Philadelphia. Yesterday's resolution of the impasse over Temple University's Apollo arena complex is just that - and the victors are Temple, its neighbors and the entire city. The $85 million project, which comprises a sports arena, movie theater, retail stores and parking lot, was snagged for almost a year over one issue: control of a $5 million housing fund for 500 homes around the site.
August 24, 2012
The NBA's Sacramento Kings, unhappy with their situation in California, may be headed to Virginia Beach, according to a report in the business journal, Inside Business. Officials from Comcast-Spectacor have proposed moving the team to Virginia Beach and for Comcast to help build and lease a new pro sports arena, according to the report . The Kings have tried but been unsuccessful in building a new arena in Sacramento. How the move would affect scheduling and conference alignment in the NBA is not known.
June 29, 2001 |
Speaker Jack Collins said yesterday that he would call a special session of the Assembly to vote on making a Newark arena a reality, indicating that he was confident that South Jersey causes dear to him would be funded in the bargain. Collins (R., Salem) had withheld his support for the sports arena until political leaders factored something in for South Jersey. The backing of Collins is considered critical in the years-long effort to build a world-class stadium in Newark, a North Jersey city that is undergoing a revitalization.
January 26, 1996 |
Nothing could have been more fitting for the ground-breaking of Temple University's new sports arena than an unexpected interruption in the ceremony. Deep into the two-hour program, Temple University president Peter J. Liacouras realized that he had skipped over paying tribute to God and country - the invocation and national anthem. "I have made a lot of mistakes," Liacouras told the packed tent of alumni, community and civic leaders yesterday. "But I have never made one this bad. " So, like the negotiations that ended with city approval of the controversial project, the ground-breaking for the on-again, off-again Apollo of Temple was halted so university officials could thank a higher authority.