Venue News & Notes: FIU Gets a $50 Million Spot on the Map

…One of
athletic director Pete Garcia’s goals is to put football on the map, and a new $50 million stadium, the only on-campus stadium in
should help. The stadium, which took only 16 months to build, seats 18,000 and
will eventually grow to accommodate 45,000…
… The $276 million Sprint Center in Kansas City hosted its
first NHL preseason game on Monday night — between the St. Louis Blues and
Los Angeles Kings — and will celebrate its first anniversary Oct. 10 when the
Atlanta Hawks play the Portland Trail Blazers. And, at least for another year,
that’s as close as to the NHL or NBA as
City will get…
… Workers hope to remove the shattered remnants of Reliant
Stadium’s damaged roof panels in time for the Texans to play the
Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 5 with the roof open, and the team could play the
balance of its home schedule at Reliant with the roof open as repairs
… A
Louisville construction
company has sued
the city’s downtown arena planners, claiming a subcontractor received a
trade contract in violation of
procurement laws. The lawsuit, filed last week in Franklin Circuit Court by RAM
Engineering & Construction, says the court should void the contract and
require the Louisville Arena Authority and its construction manager to seek new
bids for the work…
… More than 100 pounds of explosives were rigged to the
roof of the Miami Arena on Sunday to begin the demolition
process. The arena opened in 1988 and has played host to the Miami Heat and
the Florida Panthers, as well as many concerts. It’s not clear what will be
located there next…

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