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Virginia Beach rejects arena proposal

Well, that didn’t take long: last night the Virginia Beach City Council rejected a proposal by Drakkar America to fund a new 22,000-seat arena on the city’s Oceanfront area, saying the city couldn’t afford to back the project. The proposal would have had the city guaranteeing all the debt on the $350-million project, an amount […]

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Arena Visit: Amway Center

{jathumbnail off} From the outside, Amway Center looks like a fairly normal arena, maybe a little nicer than most and more than suitable as the frame for plenty of videoboard advertising targeting thousands of drivers passing daily on I-4. Walk inside the arena to the seating bowl, though, and one thing will be immediately clear: […]

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Preview: Amsoil Arena

Maybe we’ve not spent enough time in locker rooms, but Amsoil Arena, the new waterfront arena in Duluth, Minn., has one of the most unique things we’ve seen on an arena visit: saunas in both the University of Minnesota-Duluth men’s and women’s locker rooms. Here’s a look at the new home to Bulldog hockey and […]

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Meis joins Populous

Dan Meis, the man who designed Staples Center, the home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) and the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), has joined Populous and will lead the firm’s new Los Angeles-area office. “Dan’s hire represents a significant stride in Populous’ strategic approach to global design and our firm’s commitment […]

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