January 5, 2015 |
AKRON, Ohio - As Temple nears a decision on an on-campus football stadium, it might want to look toward this tired industrial city 350 miles to the west, where the University of Akron struggles to fill and pay for one that debuted five years ago. Akron, like Temple, is a large urban university transitioning from commuter-school roots. In 2009, to jump-start a long-stagnant football program and an apathetic fan base, it opened a 27,000-seat facility near the heart of its 222-acre downtown campus.
December 11, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - After defeating Temple on Nov. 15, Penn State became bowl-eligible, and from that point forward, the question of where the Nittany Lions would go in their first postseason opportunity since 2011 was a waiting game. First-year head coach James Franklin, athletic director Sandy Barbour and the rest of the Lions found out on Sunday that Penn State (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten) is Big Apple-bound, slated to play Boston College (7-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 27 at Yankee Stadium.
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.
November 24, 2014
AFTER THAT meeting last Wednesday called together by the stadium district powers that be, I have some thoughts and a real concern to those who live close to Darien and Packer. I agree that all of South Philadelphia should stick together and nothing should go into a neighborhood that the residents do not want. And, yes, our elected officials know they work for us, especially those officials who are now under attack. However, casino hearings were held more than once at the Convention Center last year and the turnout was minimal, even though at the time three locations between Front Street and 10th at Packer/Pattison were possible locations.
November 20, 2014 |
Here's the quick read on why the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board chose Live! Hotel & Casino in South Philadelphia for Philadelphia's second casino, based on a document just posted on the board's website. The pitch by Live's backers - Cordish Cos. and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc. - that they could tap into the millions of annual visitors to sporting events and concerts at the stadium complex was convincing. "The board finds the synergy between gambling and entertainment at a casino with the sports and concert enthusiast visiting the more than 400 stadium area events per year presents an opportunity for marketing the stadium/casino area into a 365-day-per-year attraction with minimal negative impact on the surrounding areas," the document, known as an adjudication, said.
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!