October 7, 2014 |
The Eagles held on to their lead over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, but out in the parking lot, fans were grumbling as they power-walked toward their cars in hopes of beating the traffic. Many said pre- and postgame gridlock was the worst they could remember since the Eagles and Philadelphia Police instituted new traffic patterns aimed at easing congestion. "It took us two hours last week to get out of here because of what they did. That's why we left early just now," Joe Stewart of Marshallton, Del., said as he jogged to the Sysco lot. A police car blocked Packer Avenue as a half-dozen cars clogged the median, attempting U-turns to avoid getting onto I-76.
September 8, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin raced out of the South tunnel at Beaver Stadium with his team Saturday for the first time as Penn State head coach. But he admitted after his successful debut that he was fighting back tears much earlier when he accompanied the Nittany Lions walking from their buses on Curtin Road and into Beaver Stadium through a double column of Penn State fans. "Getting off that bus and walking into the stadium . . . I'm an emotional guy, and I was fighting back my emotions the whole time," Franklin said.
August 17, 2014 |
10 a.m. Taney's Erik Lipson Jr., a pitcher and first baseman, and his father arrive in a Hummer limousine at Gate 3 in time for practice. Erik's sister, Victoria, was married the day before in Crystal Lake, Mich. Erik was the ring bearer and had been driven through the night to attend the ceremony. The family had to leave during the reception to drive back to Williamsport. Erik slept the whole way. His parents were not taking any chances. "There was a spare tire strapped to the roof," said his mother, Stephanie.
August 15, 2014 |
ALMOST 48 YEARS to the day of the Beatles' last live concert at the place, Sir Paul McCartney was the closing act at Candlestick Park last night. The Stick, as it was called, opened in 1960 as the home of the San Francisco Giants, who had moved out west from New York in 1958. It was built on Candlestick Point because, at the time of its construction in the late 1950s, the site was one of the few pieces of land available in the city that was suitable for a sports stadium and had space for 10,000 parking spaces.
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.