Venue News: Despite Looming Lockout, Miami Dolphins Lobby for Stadium Renovation

In asking for tax dollars to fund a $225 million stadium renovation, the Miami Dolphins are pitching their home field as an economic engine responsible for 10,000 jobs and some $400 million a year in spending. But, as the team lobbies the public and lawmakers for the public dollars, the Dolphins and its partners in the National Football League appear ready this week to idle Sun Life Stadium and the country’s other 30 pro-football venues in a standoff with players over a contract dispute. Although the possibility of NFL owners’ imposing a “lockout’’ against players is rattling football fans across the country as a Thursday contract expiration approaches, the timing carries special complications for the Dolphins…

…The company that made, inspected, and assessed the Minneapolis Metrodome’s collapsed roof stands poised to be approved this week to replace the roof for around $25 million. Meanwhile, business groups east of the Mississippi River are lining up in support of building a Minnesota Vikings stadium in Arden Hills. Predicting “profound economic benefits for our region,” the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce this week joined the chamber representing businesses in the north suburbs in supporting Ramsey County’s pursuit of a new stadium on the site of a former Army ammunition plant…

…The Redevelopment Authority of Green Bay, WI, after grilling Titletown Entertainment Group representatives in a 90-minute closed session, said it will consider forwarding the new Fox River baseball stadium project to the Green Bay City Council in March if certain conditions are met. The conditions include answering in more detail certain financial questions and providing commitments for at least $2.5 million in private investment. The group wants to build a $12 million, 3,500-seat multi-use stadium on the west bank of the river just north of West Mason Street.

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