January 28, 2008 |
State Sen. Dominic Pileggi, among the most powerful politicians in Pennsylvania and a key to whether pro soccer will come to the Philadelphia region, leaned forward and considered the question: Will the state provide a crucial $45 million to help build a stadium and secure a team? "Undetermined," he said last week. "We're not at a yes or a no. " Pileggi spoke during an interview at his office in Chester, not far from the proposed riverfront stadium site, as the 21/2-year effort to capture a Major League Soccer expansion club rushes toward a conclusion.
September 29, 1997 |
In just two years, the Downingtown Area School District hopes to open a second high school. That means the number of sports teams - and games - will double. More games means more wear and tear on sports facilities. It also means money to build the kinds of venues the district craves for its teams, which include the state champions in football and girls' basketball. "The issue is with the schools splitting, we'll have more students using the facilities. That will increase the demand for a state-of-the-art facility," said Greg Wilson, the boys' head soccer coach.
June 4, 1986 |
After a six-week battle, Michael Natello, the 74-year-old guard bludgeoned to unconsciousness in John F. Kennedy stadium one April night, started regaining the mental faculties dulled by serious head injuries. His brother, Mickey, said he was amazed by his brother's improvement. Mickey and another brother and sister each had visited their brother several times a week at St. Agnes Medical Center, where they witnessed his slow recovery from the head injuries suffered in the April 5 attack.
April 14, 2005 |
The New York Giants yesterday reached an agreement with the state of New Jersey that will allow the team to build a new $750 million stadium in the Meadowlands. "This is a good deal for New Jersey taxpayers," acting Gov. Richard J. Codey said. "We're going to get a brand-new stadium with one of the best deals in the country. " The Giants have long offered to pay the entire cost of the stadium. But negotiations stalled last month because of the Giants' concerns regarding game-day traffic from Xanadu, a $1.3 billion shopping and entertainment complex being built at the Meadowlands.
June 3, 1997 |
It is hard to imagine a scenario in which the Phillies or Eagles get a new stadium without Sam Katz being involved. And if it works - and doesn't hurt taxpayers, at least in the short term - Republican Katz might have a nice springboard for his 1999 mayoral plans. "It's safe to assume that Sam will be in the thick of things as the process moves forward," said a source familiar with the process. Katz, whose companies helped put together financing for the CoreStates Arena, Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Coors Field in Denver and Jacobs Field in Cleveland, is already being consulted by the key players trying to build here.
April 11, 2000 |
Where do you want your ballpark? Broad and Spring Garden? On the Delaware in Port Richmond? The old Schmidt's brewery? FDR Park? 30th Street? At last, here's your chance to tell Mayor Street and hear from his top advisers on the question of the year. Street has scheduled a "citywide town meeting" on stadium site selection for tomorrow night in City Council chambers, featuring a presentation from his transition subcommittee on stadiums. The bottom line, sources tell the Daily News, is that the committee prefers a Center City ballpark and has virtually rejected all non-South Philadelphia locations except one: 12th and Callowhill streets.
November 26, 2014 |
The first time Donnie Jones stepped onto the field for warm-ups at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, he did the same thing as every other NFL punter. He kicked the ball at the gigantic video board that hangs over the middle of the field. "I wanted to see if I could hit it," Jones said. The thing cost $40 million, which might be petty cash compared to the $1.15 billion construction cost for the entire stadium, but it's still a $40 million set of TV screens, and every time the Dallas Cowboys have a home game the opposing punter takes a few whacks at it. Just to see. "James Casey actually threw a ball and hit it," Jones said.
January 7, 2008 |
If you visit the memorial to the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, you'll step past a giant anchor raised from the sunken battleship. It stands taller than two men and weighs more than an elephant, strong and steadfast even in loss - and it was cast in the city of Chester. If you own a vintage 1950s Ford, there's a chance it was built in Chester, at a sprawling assembly plant that once employed a young salesman by the name of Lee Iacocca. If you listen to the sermons of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or the rock-and-roll of Bill Haley, you can hear echoes of Chester.
July 6, 1997
Recently, the Phillies' Bill Giles began his campaign for a new ballpark for Center City. "We can't survive without it," Giles said. "If we don't see a stadium on the horizon by 1999, it'll be very difficult for this group [of investors] to continue. " Does the city need a new sports stadium? Should it be for baseball, football or both? Where should it go, and who should pay for it? Send your responses to Community Voices/The Stadium by Friday at the address above.
August 26, 2013 |
Any talk of Temple building an on-campus football stadium - and there is some talk, if you find the right people to talk to - may have an end game: A chance for some leverage with the Eagles when it's time to negotiate a new deal after the current one to use Lincoln Financial Field runs out in 2017. Temple president Neil Theobald, who will be personally involved in any negotiations, isn't shy about talking about the idea of a stadium near North Broad Street. "Every university wants an on-campus stadium," Theobald said in a recent interview in his office.