Venue News: Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena Closes to Make Way for MLS Stadium; $63 Million High School Football Stadium Proposed in Texas

LAFC rendering 2Los Angeles FC’s plan to bring a soccer-specific stadium to the city’s Exposition Park is now one step closer, writes MLSSoccer.com. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to allow LAFC to move forward with stadium plans after reviewing environmental impact reports. The club also released renderings of the planned stadium. LAFC’s planned 22,000-capacity stadium will be built at the site of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, which will be demolished so LAFC can build their new venue there…

…After nearly 57 years, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena closed permanently Thursday, writes KABC. City leaders held a closing ceremony to bid the iconic venue farewell. The building that Bruce Springsteen affectionately dubbed “the dump that jumps” was sent off with one last national anthem and a champagne toast. The arena, which played host to some of the 20th century’s biggest moments in sports, politics and rock ‘n’ roll, closed to make way for the construction of a $250 million soccer stadium, a museum, restaurants, and retail and office space…

…The love of high school football in Texas is hard to quantify, writes The New York Times. But to get an idea, have a look at the price tag on one of its newest temples. Voters in McKinney, TX., have given the go-ahead to spend nearly $63 million on building a high school football stadium after months of contentious debate in the suburb north of Dallas. The 12,000-seat facility and an attached events center would be just the latest in a growing list of supersized high school stadiums in Texas…

…Arizona Cardinals’ Rojo Hospitality and Pennsylvania-based SMG have won concessions and facility management contracts, respectively, at University of Phoenix Stadium, writes the Phoenix Business Journal. The Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, which owns UOP Stadium, picked Rojo over Aramark to run concessions at the football stadium. AZSTA has also opted to change which company manages the Glendale stadium. The stadium group’s board picked a management bid from SMG over one from Spectra. The former was previously Global Spectrum and managed the stadium since it opened in 2006…

…The Dolphins are telling both fans and tenants that their massive stadium renovation project is, as of now, on track to be finished in time for their home exhibition opener on Aug. 25, according to the Miami Herald. Team CEO Tom Garfinkel, responding to a question on Twitter about a possible snag in construction, said Monday that “we are currently on schedule.” That comes nearly a week after Garfinkel sent a letter to University of Miami athletic director Blake James saying that the team anticipates the stadium should be completed by the Dolphins’ preseason game against the Falcons in late August — barring unforeseen developments. However, the club stopped short of guaranteeing that it will meet that deadline because of possible events beyond its control…

…The Milwaukee Bucks unveiled a set of interior renderings for the downtown arena on NBA.com, providing a glimpse of the unique features that will help define the social experience of attending events in the new building. The preliminary images showcase proposed designs for the main concourse along the south side of the arena, an event-level club near the Bucks’ tunnel, a concourse-level bar with views to the court, and the unique “panorama club” at the top of the bowl…

…The Buffalo Sabres home arena is undergoing yet another name change, and will soon be referred to as KeyBank Center, writes the Associated Press. Sabres President Russ Brandon announced the pending change on Wednesday after federal regulators approved KeyBank’s merger with First Niagara Financial Group. It’s the latest name change for the downtown arena that was first called Marine Midland Arena when it opened in 1996.

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