Venue News: AEG Reveals LA Stadium Design

A week after Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of AEG, formally laid out a timeline and proposal to build a $1 billion football stadium and events center in downtown Los Angeles, AEG revealed architectural renderings of the proposed venue from three design firms. The three firms were picked from an original field of nine and AEG will choose a design and work on the entitlement process with the City of Los Angeles within 30 days. AEG has hired ICON Venue Group, a project management firm that worked on Denver’s Invesco Field, to act as AEG’s representative in the process after working with the group to build the 02 Arena in London…

…The Premier League will not block Tottenham’s potential move to the Olympic Stadium after ruling that neither Spurs nor West Ham would be in breach of the organisation’s rules if they move to Stratford. Both clubs, competing to take on the stadium after the 2012 Olympics, sought clarification from the Premier League that there would be no barrier to relocation, and were told earlier this month that they would not face any objection. The Premier League’s ruling comes with negotiations between the two clubs and the Olympic Park Legacy Company, owners of the stadium, set to extend into the new year…

…The University of Minnesota is confident the Bears and Vikings will play at TCF Bank Stadium on Monday night, but the NFL has final say and no official announcement has been made. NFL officials inspected the stadium, which is blanketed in snow, this week. The main issue is the field is frozen and covered by a layer of ice. Removing the ice could damage the FieldTurf surface. “I would say there will be a game here Monday night,” Scott Ellison, the Gophers’ associate athletic director, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune…

…With a price tag approaching $1 billion, a plan to expand Baltimore’s Convention Center and build an arena next to it would be one of the most expensive construction projects ever undertaken in Baltimore. A preliminary estimate places the cost to expand the Convention Center and build an adjacent arena at $750 million to $930 million, with funding expected to come from the public and private sectors, according to the head of the Greater Baltimore Committee, a nonprofit civic group studying the proposal…

…A lawsuit has been filed challenging an initiative for a special taxing district to fund a sports arena on the Las Vegas Strip. Taxpayers for the Protection of Nevada Jobs, a group that includes MGM Resorts and Boyd Gaming Corp., filed the lawsuit this week in Carson City. It alleges fraud in the gathering of signatures. The measure would authorize a special taxing district in the Strip area, where an additional sales tax of 0.9 percent would be imposed to fund construction of the $448 million arena on land donated by Caesars Entertainment, formerly known as Harrah’s Entertainment.

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