June 2, 2014
TWO THINGS happened this past week that triggered an idea in my hyperactive mind. First came news that the ownership of the Chicago Cubs said that the team would move out of Wrigley Field if the state and local governments did not go along with the renovations the hallowed ballpark so desperately needs. Second, the estranged wife of Clippers owner Donald Sterling indicated that she might sell the team before the NBA owners meet next week, and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer could pay $2 billion for the same team the Sterlings originally paid $12.5 million for. Wow!
May 23, 2014
When fans enter the renovated Lincoln Financial Field, the first thing Eagles senior vice president of operations Jason Miller said they'll notice are new high-definition video boards behind each end zone and LED ribbon displays around the stadium. The new boards and displays are being installed as part of the second phase of the Eagles' $125-million project. The Eagles are also adding nearly 1,600 seats in three corners of the stadium - approximately 800 in the southwest corner, 600 in the northeast corner, and 200 in the northwest corner.
April 18, 2014 |
GLASSBORO To accommodate larger crowds as student enrollment rises, Rowan University will hold this year's commencement on its football field instead of its traditional location, the school announced Wednesday. The university initially planned to hold the main graduate and undergraduate ceremonies on the University Green, outside Bunce Hall, the oldest building on campus. That space can hold 10,000 people, university spokesman Joe Cardona said: 2,000 students and 8,000 guests. But 11,000 people showed up last year, he said, and 1,000 visitors were left standing.
February 3, 2014 |
The way people have been talking, you would think that the decision to host the Super Bowl for the first time in a part of the country that is merely moderately football-obsessed, and to hold it in a non-domed stadium in the depths of winter, was an extreme fluke. But the Philadelphia architects who designed MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., always knew that they would be creating a custom stage for America's biggest sporting event. As in football itself, the most important criterion for attracting the Super Bowl was size.
January 31, 2014 |
NOTRE DAME yesterday announced a $400 million plan to expand its 84-year-old football stadium, adding thousands of premium seats plus new buildings at the "House that Rockne Built. " The new buildings will house a student center on the west side, the anthropology and psychology departments and a digital media center on the east side and music and sacred music departments on the south side, leaving the side facing Touchdown Jesus unchanged. The Rev. John Jenkins, the university president, called it "the most ambitious building project in the 172-year history of Notre Dame," saying more space was needed to accommodate the university's broadening research activity.
November 24, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - When Matt Freeman said he wanted to become the feature baton twirler for Pennsylvania State University, his high school principal in southern California laughed and told him he needed realistic dreams. "I have proved him wrong in everything he's ever told me," Freeman said. For 31/2 years, Freeman - six times a world champion - has dazzled crowds at Beaver Stadium as feature twirler for the Penn State Blue Band. He twirls five batons at once, tosses them high, rolls them on his neck and bounces them like boomerangs.
November 23, 2013 |
Temple president Neil Theobald said publicly this week that an on-campus football stadium likely would be part of the university's next master plan, expected to be released in 2014. Temple is having a "serious discussion" about the stadium, Theobald said, as an alternative to playing home football games at Lincoln Financial Field. Temple's contract with the Linc, which is due to expire after 2018, costs the university about $1.5 million annually. Theobald's comments, his most significant yet about the oft-rumored stadium, came during a post-inaugural event at Loews Hotel in Center City on Tuesday night.
October 12, 2013 |
NEW HOPE The stadium lights are back on. Following outcry over the New Hope-Solebury school board's decision to cancel night sports games, the board reversed course this week, ensuring that a hallowed high school tradition will live on. One board member, Joe Harraka, said Thursday that officials may have been swayed after hearing "the scorn and angst and anger" from the community. Board President Amanda Elefante recused herself from Monday night's vote, but agreed the board needed to address "discord" in the community.
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.
August 16, 2013 |
U.S. OPEN rain delays at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York will be no more by 2017. The tournament's center court could be covered by a retractable roof as soon as the 2016 tournament, but more likely the following year, U.S. Tennis Association officials said. The men's final has been delayed to Monday each of the last 5 years. The U.S. Open becomes the last of the four major tournaments to cover up. The Ashe roof is part of a $550 million project that also will rebuild and expand other courts at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.