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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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Tornado rips roof off Billing arena; damage is extensive

A tornado ripped the roof off Billings’ Rimrock Auto Arena Sunday, causing millions of dollars in damage and impacting next weekend’s playoff game for the IFL’s Billings Outlaws; officials will decide whether to inspect or demolish 35-year-old facility. UPDATE: We have a photo. It’s not pretty. Rimrock Auto Arena is located in the MetraPark fairgrounds […]

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Kansas City Brigade returns to AFL

Another former AFL team owner is re-entering the fold, as the Liken family announces the Kansas City Brigade will be joining the new Arena Football League for the 2011 season. The new AFL management must be doing something right; the Brigade is the third former AFL franchise to commit to the new AFL, as Kansas […]

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SaberCats returning to new AFL

The new Arena Football League has another old team returning to the new lineup, as the San Jose SaberCats will field a team in the 2011 season under the direction of the old ownership group. Fry’s Electronics Executive Vice President Kathryn J. Kolder and brothers John, Dave and Randy Fry are heading up the revived […]

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