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Yard Dawgz drop out of AFL

The new Arena Football appears to be a little less stable than the old AFL in the early going, with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz the latest team to drop out of the league. To be fair, Oklahoma City is a fairly crowded sports marketplace, and the Yard Dawgz may have been a victim of […]

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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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New Orleans VooDoo to return

After a three-year hiatus, the New Orleans VooDoo name is returning to the new AFL, as the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings are relocating to New Orleans Arena for the 2011 season. The new team will use the logos and claim the history of the previous New Orleans VooDoo, which was owned and managed by the NFL’s […]

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Initial cost estimates presented for Billings arena renovations

A rebuilding of Billing’s RimRock Auto Arena, heavily damaged by a tornado this summer, could cost as much as $15 million according to estimates presented to Yellowstone County Commissioners yesterday, but the final price tag is expected to be lower as the design is trimmed back. Estimates from CTA Architects (Billings) and Populous (Kansas City) […]

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The week that was: July 17

The most popular stories on Arena Digest posted over the last week, as measured by page views. It was a great week for the Pittsburgh Penguins and fans of cutting-edge arena design. Eight-story arena proposed for Toronto waterfront Vegas group: We have contract for NBA team if our arena plan is approved Katz: I will […]

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Sedgwick County to set up First Amendment zones at new arena

Having a popular arena sometimes means there are unusual demands for managers. With controversial events happening at Wichita’s new Intrust Bank Arena, Sedgwick County officials are looking at setting up official “First Amendment Areas” for protesters. Protests happen at arenas all the time, whether it’s liberals protesting Sarah Palin, conservatives protesting Barack Obama or Tea […]

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