And away we go with another weekly round of micro-news that shouldn’t be allowed to slip through the cracks:
- Notwithstanding the Rhode Island state legislature’s stated disinterest, a bill to provide the Pawtucket Red Sox with $38 million in stadium subsidies was introduced in the state senate this week, with possible hearings set for the fall. I still haven’t visited 75-year-old McCoy Stadium yet (#1 of 19 things to do in Pawtucket, according to Tripadvisor!), but I’ll probably make an effort to get there this summer, just in case.
- Yes, the Oakland A’s really do appear to be focusing on that 13-acre Peralta Community College site next to I-880 that Matier & Ross reported on and then I boggled at last week because it’s so teeny-tiny. I’m actually kind of intrigued to see how they’d fit a stadium in there, since site constraints can actually make for interesting designs (see both AT&T Park and Fenway Park, for examples). But the mockups by one commenter here don’t look too promising.
- “Philips Arena overhaul details, new visuals revealed: Amenities will include a bounty of options for Atlantans who want to attend basketball games and do anything but watch basketball” may be my favorite headline of the month.
- If you want to watch 14 minutes of video of a guy in a hard hat walking around mostly the periphery of the Milwaukee Bucks arena construction site, Fox6 News has got you covered. Also be sure to read the accompanying article, which features such memorable quotes as “An example of our installation of our escalator. There are 10 escalators in the project,” and “It’s like giving birth. I mean, you can’t really feel it or understand it until it is actually coming out of the ground,” accompanied by pictures of tarpaulins. This pivoting to video thing just gets better and better!