I know you’re eager to stop thinking about stadiums (or anything) and enjoy the three-day weekend (if you’re in the U.S., that is; other readers are probably baffled by what I’m talking about), so enough with all these parentheticals already and let’s get to this:
- An unnamed NBA executive has speculated to a reporter for the SEC Network that Kansas City “will get an NBA team at some point,” which was enough for Bleacher Report to turn it into an article, and now I’m perpetuating the rumor cycle, I am so ashamed. Let me at least do some penance by reminding you that the private promoter that runs Kansas City’s arena would rather keep booking lots of concerts during basketball season than offer an NBA team a sweetheart lease, so maybe don’t hold you breath on this one.
- Residents of Elmont, Long Island are still protesting plans for a new arena for the New York Islanders there, on the grounds that it will hurt local businesses and won’t benefit them with anything more than hot dog sales jobs. There’s still almost another year to go before New York state makes a final determination of the arena plan that it didn’t bother to determine how much of a land giveaway it would be (my estimate: as much as $300 million), so expect plenty more protests in the interim.
- If you want to rent the last available suite at the Milwaukee Bucks‘ new arena, it comes with a butler. That magic basketball is creating jobs already!
- It would cost the city of Austin about $13 million to build a light-rail station just to service a new arena for the relocated Columbus Crew, and Austin officials want Crew owner Anthony Precourt to pay for it, which seems eminently reasonable. Assuming Precourt actually succeeds in building a stadium and moving the Crew, which is still very much up in the air.
- The Texas Rangers owners still haven’t decided whether to use a turf or grass field at their new stadium that they’re building with public money just because the old one doesn’t have air-conditioning; I’m sure it’s a tough decision whether “we need a new stadium because the old one has turf” or “we need a new stadium because the grass is dying at the old one” will sound like a better excuse 20 years from now.
- David Beckham’s new Miami MLS team might finally have — no, not a stadium. But a name, maybe, if a trademark filing for “Miami Freedom” is any indication. Cue the jokes about how in America, you can only have freedom if you pay the price of admission, and then once you get it it’s invariably disappointing compared to what people enjoy in the rest of the world.
- Ilitch family–owned buildings near the Detroit Red Wings‘ arena aren’t getting ticketed for sitting windowless and vacant, while other nearby buildings are, because Detroit is a one-industry town, and that industry is pizza.
- The Cleveland Indians owners are looking to have Cuyahoga County pay for $8 million in assorted improvements to their stadium — including such things as ripping out ticket windows that aren’t needed now that everyone buys tickets online — by adding up a bunch of small expenses and then pointing to a lease clause that taxpayers are on the hook for all major capital expenses of more than $500,000. Clever, in an evil-genius way!