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Decision for DePaul: Build new arena or play at United Center

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DePaul athletic-department officials have a big decision to make: whether to build a $150-million arena for the Blue Demons or to take up residence at the United Center. Read More »

Sacramento, Kings reach tentative arena deal

Sacramento officials and the owners of the Sacramento Kings (NBA) have reached a tentative deal on financing for a new arena in the city’s downtown area. The deal, still subject to final approval once the city’s part of the funding package is determined, calls for larger-than-planned contributions by the Maloofs, owners of the Kings, and arena-management firm AEG. For a ... Read More »

Study: Cheaper to renovate Rupp Arena than to build new facility

This isn’t always true, but it makes sense: it would be cheaper to renovate Rupp Arena than to build a new downtown arena for the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Everyone agrees Rupp Arena in its present configuration is at the end of its economic life: Wildcats basketball is enormously popular, and there’s more money to be made in terms of ... Read More »

Skyforce downsizing, in potential model for D-League teams

The Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) are walking away from an existing home and a much larger new arena to take up residency at a new 3,000-seat facility. Here’s why it makes business sense. The Skyforce are an institution in the D-League — a stalwart of the original CBA circuit and a successful member of the current D-League. The team has ... Read More »

Groundbreaking at new Lincoln arena

Construction of a new Haymarket-area arena for University of Nebraska sports is officially underway, as a groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning to commemorate the occasion. Gov. Dave Heineman was on hand with university and city officials to mark the beginning of work on the 16,000-seat arena, largely funded by a 2 percent tax on bars and restaurants in the ... Read More »

Baltimore arena plan shifts to waterfront

The search for the site of a new Baltimore arena has shifted from the current 1st Mariner Arena site and to an expansion of the Baltimore Convention Center, where a new 18,500-seat facility is now envisioned by city officials. The nonprofit Greater Baltimore Committee is exploring arena options after officials concluded 1st Mariner Arena coudn’t be expanded in a cost-effective ... Read More »

No drastic makeover expected for The Ralph

As the University of North Dakota prepares to retire the Fighting Sioux name and logo after the end of the current academic year, the future of Engelstad Arena and its 2,200 or so embedded Sioux logos is addressed by school officials. Engelstad Arena isn’t actually owned by the University of North Dakota: it is privately owned by the Engelstad Family ... Read More »

Katz ups arena offer to $200M; city willing to talk

Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz has doubled his offer to help finance a new downtown arena, but before the city is ready to act councillors have lots and lot of questions. Still, Katz is closer than ever before to achieving his dream of a downtown arena. Katz’s offer came during a City Council meeting last week and was a stunner, ... Read More »

Goodman to Vegas group: Show me the NBA contract

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman is openly skeptical about the claim by International Development Management that it has an NBA team “under contract” if a new Clark County arena is built; meanwhile, the NBA denies that any team is eminently moving to Sin City. Goodman, who has worked for years to bring the NBA to downtown Las Vegas, didn’t think ... Read More »

Edmonton: New downtown arena financially feasible

Combine a $5 ticket surcharge with a $100-million contribution from Edmonton owner Daryl Katz, and you’ve reached the point where a new downtown Oilers arena is economically viable, say city officials — raising the stakes on new-arena discussions in the city. “A new downtown arena with an increase in the number of seats and other amenities can increase the revenue ... Read More »

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