Friday roundup: Possible Suns arena renovation funding plan, A’s and Rays still promising stadium news by year’s end (but don’t hold your breath)

When it rains, it pours, and this week provided a deluge of stadium news:


10 comments on “Friday roundup: Possible Suns arena renovation funding plan, A’s and Rays still promising stadium news by year’s end (but don’t hold your breath)

  1. Going to have a nice chuckle (that has been over a decade in the making) when the A’s announce Howard Terminal as their preferred site but end up building at the Coliseum site.

    Also, what the hell is a Rumble Pony? Sounds like equal parts a) archaic term for something simple and b) sex toy.

    • Dolich has been “professionally skeptical” that the A’s will ever be able to succeed as a franchise for a long time now.

      It’s not at all a coincidence that he started holding this position after *his* bid to own the A’s was rejected in favor of Schott/Hoffman back in the 90’s. Sour grapes.

      • Okay? No idea what this has to do with the A’s repeated site selection failures and plausible-to-likely next site selection failure.

    • “Rumble Pony” is a term for merry-go-round horses, which apparently used to be made in Binghamton. Though the way minor-league names are going, I imagine it’s only a matter of time before some team ends up called the Magic Wands.

  2. Looks like the wrong link for “sold $200 tickets to sit outside the stadium and watch the Super Bowl on TV” — maybe you meant this one? http://www.espn.com/dallas/nfl/news/story?id=6037397

  3. The Edmonton Oilers sold similar no-seat tickets in 2017:
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/last-minute-sale-of-concourse-passes-upsets-oilers-ticket-holders-yet-some-fans-willing-to-pay-anyway-1.4068333

  4. “…the Golden State Warriors and other NBA teams afford money-losing arenas,…”

    While I get where you’re coming from, a “money-losing” (team-owned) arena or stadium is the equivalent of Target’s “money-losing” parking lots or McDonald’s “money-losing” bathrooms. Not everything that’s required to stay in business can be a “profit center”.

  5. Is Phoenix really going to plunk down $150 million on the Suns arena?

    “No public approval needed — at least, as far as city leaders see it.”

    https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/laurieroberts/2018/11/20/phoenix-really-going-spend-150-million-suns-area/2072513002/