Venue News: Heat Consider Selling Naming Rights of Seating Levels

Wanting to further capitalize on their star-powered run to the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat are looking to sell the naming rights to sections of AmericanAirlines Arena. According to Sports Business Journal, plans could include placing a price tag on the naming rights for the upper- and lower-level bowl areas of the arena…

…The Big Ten Conference announced on Sunday that Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis will play host to its football championship game through 2015. Lucas Oil Stadium, home to the NFL’s Colts, had already been selected to host the Big Ten’s inaugural title game on Dec. 3 and beat out Chicago’s Soldier Field for the extended rights…

…A pair of local businesses are pushing back against the plans of Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner. The state is taking the two business owners to court to force them to let Ratner and his team onto their property, despite the fact that the owners feel that proposed plans could lead to damage at their stores. Ratner executive Thomas Bonacuso said the work is necessary to finish the Carlton Ave. bridge — which legal agreements say must be done before the arena can open. A delay in the completion of the bridge could result in a delay of the opening of the arena, which is scheduled to debut with the beginning of the 2012 season of the NBA’s Nets…

…Cisco and Sporting Club announced that LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, set to open on June 9, will take advantage of state-of the art Cisco Connected Sports technologies. The stadium promises to provide an intimate and iconic setting for up to 18,467 soccer fans and 25,000 guests for concerts and other types of events. The $200 million venue will be one of the most technologically advanced stadiums as it will feature Cisco StadiumVision and Cisco’s new high-density Wi-Fi solution.