Venue News: After 97 Years, Millrose Games To Leave MSG

The Millrose Games, the most famous indoor track meet in the world, are expected to leave Madison Square Garden, where they have been held since 1914. The Armory Foundation, which owns the rights to the event, is likely to formally announce next week that it is relocating the 104-year-old meet to the much smaller Armory Track and Field Center in Upper Manhattan next year. In doing so, the foundation would risk losing financing for the event from USA Track and Field, the sport’s governing body in the United States, which opposes the move…

… As reported by Telegraph Sport this week, work on the London 2012 Handball Arena has been completed on time and under budget after it was given the all-clear following operational tests. Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited the venue on the one-year anniversary of the Coalition’s formation to address an audience of apprentices and business leaders on the issue of youth employment. Cameron, himself attempting to run an organization on budget, praised the Olympic Delivery Authority for its ability to complete venues without overspending…

…New details emerged this week in the Minnesota Vikings’ plan to build a stadium in Ramsey County that show that the Vikings would cover some, but not all, of any cost overruns for the project. They would get the final say on whether the roof is retractable and would get the lucrative stadium-naming-rights money. A 12-page agreement of terms between the Vikings and Ramsey County was released by the county as Minnesotans, including legislative leaders, began to digest the news that the team plans to move from downtown Minneapolis to the former Arden Hills ammunition plant and build a $1 billion, 65,000-seat stadium that could include a retail/entertainment/training complex…

…In Lackawanna County, PA, this week, the majority county commissioners made a big announcement about the future of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. The commissioners said they had received word that Governor Tom Corbett has approved the allocation of $20 million toward a stadium-renovation project. Team officials said the money will keep the Yankees in northeastern Pennsylvania for years to come. Since Corbett approved the state money for the renovation of PNC Field, plans for the new look of the ballpark are already under way.