And in other stadium and arena news this week:
- The New York Islanders are reportedly close to a deal to play about half their regular-season home games at Nassau Coliseum until their new arena at Belmont Park is ready in 2021. (The rest would still be played in Brooklyn, I guess? Same arena owners, so a lease should be manageable.) In less-good news for the team, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Joe Lhota has looked at the same maps that Aaron Gordon did for the Village Voice and realized, hey, those train tracks only allow you to get to Belmont from the west, so “there’s no way going from where most Long Islanders would take [it] if they were taking the Long Island Rail Road as opposed to driving to go see the Islanders.” If it turns out that fixing this would require prohibitively expensive Klein bottle technology, can New York state still back out of the deal?
- Austin could be reconsidering whether to let the owner of the Columbus Crew build a soccer stadium on public parkland, now that they’ve realized everyone hates the idea of building a soccer stadium on public parkland.
- FC Cincinnati‘s owners have signed an option to buy vacant land from the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority in the city’s West End, but team president Jeff Berding has promised residents concerned about the impact of a new stadium that it would “lead to win-win outcomes for all parties.” Reassured yet?
- Apparently it’s “rethink your MLS stadium site” week: David Beckham’s new partners in his maybe-someday expansion franchise are now considering possible stadium locations other than Overtown, including possibly the former site of the Orange Bowl. Which was already rejected once three years ago over concerns about possible demands for below-market rent on city property and the concern that some residents could be forced out. This really is going to go around and around forever, isn’t it?
- Still lots of good seats available at the new Red Wings and Pistons arena!
- Maricopa County board chair Steve Chucri is “optimistic” that mediation will soon resolve its lease dispute with the Arizona Diamondbacks, which is maybe good news for taxpayers, though it all depends on what “resolution” looks like. Arizona state law only requires 24 hours of notice before a new lease is voted on, but Chucri has promised he’ll give any deal a full public vetting.
- Here’s a New York Times business section article about how downtown development has surged in Minneapolis since the Vikings stadium opened, which is an excellent excuse to link to my favorite chart about how correlation doesn’t imply causation.
- South Korea’s new winter Olympics stadium will be torn down after being used exactly four times, for a cost of $27.25 million per use. I guess that’s one way of avoiding white elephants, but man.
- Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has noted that Seattle and New York have figured out how to build arenas without public money, so why can’t the Flames?
- The Atlanta Falcons say their dysfunctional new stadium roof will be working by next season, and definitely by next year’s Super Bowl. It’s all about the positive thinking.
Have a great weekend, and see you Monday!