March 20, 1997 |
Bill Giles knew what Gov. Ridge was going to say. Before Ridge held a press conference to outline his plans for selling off the state liquor stores yesterday, someone from Ridge's staff called the Phillies president to break the news that there would be no mention of funding a baseball stadium. Still, the call did not blunt the impact the news had on Giles. "I'm disappointed," Giles said. "I know why they did it, but I'm still disappointed. " Since September, when Ridge endorsed a state task force report that recommended using money from the sale of the state stores for stadium development, Giles has been waiting for Ridge to introduce legislation that would allow that to happen.
June 5, 1997 |
The San Francisco 49ers' threats about leaving town are gone in the thrill of victory. After pulling out a heart-stopping, election-day victory in a drive for a new stadium, the team hurried to renew its vows to the city and looked ahead to building its dream home. "I think we created something special here. I didn't want to lose it," club owner Eddie DeBartolo said early yesterday after learning the final tallies from Tuesday's balloting put the team's proposed $525 million stadium-mall over the top - barely.
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.
November 4, 2015 |
Not long after Camden schoolchildren chose a name for the unaffiliated minor-league team that would occupy a ballpark on the Delaware 15 years ago, a representative of the nearby aquarium informed the Daily News that "there really isn't anything called a river shark. " Now there isn't anything called the Riversharks either. The baseball team's departure for the bright lights of New Britain, Conn., after a singularly unsuccessful local run comes just as Temple University is readying the region's next plunge into big-time public subsidies for small-time sports.
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.
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.
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.