Friday roundup: Rangers fans don’t like nice weather after all, Orlando re-renovating renovated stadium, Dan Snyder has a $180m yacht

Today is site migration day — cue the jokes about how Field of Schemes should be hosted half the time in Montreal and half the time in Tampa Bay — so if things look a bit weird after 2 pm Eastern or so, that’s to be expected. Rest assured that the site will be back to normal soon, hopefully later today but certainly entirely by Monday; or actually better than normal, because the whole point of this exercise is to have a zippier, more reliable platform so that you can get your immediate fix of stadium news without having to refresh or even wait multiple milliseconds for images to load.

And speaking of your immediate stadium fix, here’s the rest of this week’s news:

  • The Texas Rangers are building (read: mostly having the citizens of Arlington build for them) a new stadium just so they can have air-conditioning so that fans will go to games, but the Fort Worth Star-Telegram points out that the team has been winning and the weather has been nice this spring, and fans still aren’t showing up.
  • MLS commissioner Don Garber said that he “could see [Las Vegas] being on our list for future teams,” which is literally the most noncommittal thing he could say, but he still gets headlines for it, so he’s gonna keep saying it.
  • Here’s an article about how building a whole real estate development that will turn a big profit will help the Golden State Warriors make more money, if anyone wasn’t clear on that concept already.
  • The Orlando city council approved the $60 million in renovation money for Camping World Stadium (née the Citrus Bowl) that they said they would last fall. Since the stadium doesn’t even have a regular sports tenant — it is only used for the occasional soccer friendly, college football game, or concert — it’s hard to call this a subsidy to anyone in particular, but it’s still probably a pretty dumb use of money, especially since the stadium was just renovated once already in 2014.
  • There is no actual news in this Page Six item, but if you thought I was going to pass up a chance to link to an article that begins, “Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder roared up to Cannes Lions in his $180 million yacht as ad sources speculated he’s in town to find a title sponsor for the team’s new stadium,” you’re crazy.
  • Construction on the Las Vegas Raiders stadium was momentarily halted last week when it turned out one of the parts didn’t fit, which probably isn’t a big deal in the long run — in fact, the ill-fitting steel truss was adjusted and reinstalled a few days later — but that doesn’t mean we can’t make Ikea jokes.
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks owners have hired architecture firm HKS, who designed the Texas Rangers’ new park, to design a new stadium for them if they choose to build one, and you know what that’s going to mean: lots of renderings with Mitch Moreland and his wife in them.
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14 comments on “Friday roundup: Rangers fans don’t like nice weather after all, Orlando re-renovating renovated stadium, Dan Snyder has a $180m yacht

  1. Good luck with the site move/adjustment/tweak!

    I imagine the Orlando board felt justified using tourist dollars to “improve” the experience at a big tourist destination for them come college football bowl season. The newspaper site said they’re improving upper deck concourses and connecting them, which I don’t really think would markedly improve game day experience or be the reason fans would go to see an event there that otherwise wouldn’t.

    1. They’re gonna need a lot of additional college football games to make that pay off.

      1. Who would be playing there? University of Central Florida has their own stadium. Orlando City SC has their own stadium and they are hosting a Bowl Game as well

  2. I wonder what’s going to happen first, that MLB figures out on their own that their prices are too high to fill stadiums 81 nights a year and decides to voluntarily lower them, or if the decision will be forced on them when average butts in seats reaches the sub 10,000 level per game. I’d bet on the latter.

    1. And then we have the Cardinals willingly giving up a couple of home games against the Cubs next summer to play them in London, UK. Now, one surmises that Man Fred will compensate the Cardinals for yielding the home games. What gets me is that, to Londoners, Cards v Cubs is no more interesting than Cards v Mariners. What _really_ gets me is that those Cubs games are the biggest draws of the summer for downtown St. Louis restaurants, bars, and hotels — the very types of businesses whom teams claim to be helping when they petition city and state governments for stadium upgrade/replacement money. It’s a loop begging for closure.

      1. It’s a curious decision, Russ. As you say, the Cubs/Cards rivalry will be lost on Londoners (unlike the Boston/NY one).

        Yes, the teams will be compensated for losing the home dates, but ????

  3. “At this rate, the Rangers will draw a bit more than 2 million fans. Typically the Rangers need to draw about 3 million fans to ensure a profitable season. This reality is normally a reason why owners change on an average of every seven years; operating a big league club is expensive, and most ownership groups grow tired of the costs.”

    Where the heck did he come up with that profitability statistic?


  4. “Snyder is at Cannes Lions on his dazzling, brand-new, 93-meter, 3,000-ton Feadship mega-yacht, called Lady S, which is so big — a football field in length — it couldn’t even fit in the Port du Cannes, and has instead been parked alongside the sea wall opposite the Palais…”

    The poor guy has parking problems— when will society stop harassing the rich & famous by building too-small harbors??! It’s an obvious crime against humanity!

  5. Wait — how is is humanly possible to spend $180 million on, really, anything? I live in a house. It’s somewhat broken, there are parts of it I’d like to fix and can’t afford to repair just now. But it’s reasonably decent, I’ve lived in worse spaces. For about $5,000, I could fix most of the broken stuff, assuming I did the majority of it myself; for some things you need to hire a guy.

    How the living shit can you spend $180 million? That’s like saying “tomorrow I will fart rainbows.” There’s absolutely no damn way.

    On a boat, no less. What’s the default setting of a boat? Not sinking. Just make the hull float and no shark monster gobble you up. How hard do you have to think to spend millions on a boat? Much less $180 million? I honestly have no conceivable clue how that is even within any realm of sense.

    1. If he paid $180M for it, you can reasonably assume it cost over $150M for somebody to build it. Not within my range of imaginability either, but it happens. Thousands of expensive pieces and many hours of well-paid craftsmen.

    2. “…how is is humanly possible to spend $180 million on, really, anything?” Yeah, maybe THAT’S the ‘work’ the ultra-rich do to ‘justify’ their obscene wealth— wracking their brains coming up with new extravagances to out-do their peers — virtually identical to the European monarchs of the 16th thru 19th centuries. What’s arguably worse nowadays is that too many of our fellow middle & lower class citizens vote in support of the politics that enables this distribution of wealth (ie; think Joe-the-plumber a few years ago).

      1. “What’s arguably worse nowadays is that too many of our fellow middle & lower class citizens vote in support of the politics that enables this distribution of wealth (ie; think Joe-the-plumber a few years ago).”

        Yeah, I don’t get it either. I keep expecting people to wake up to this fact eventually, but I’ve been waiting now for decades and it’s not getting any closer to becoming reality.

        1. You think you’re sick of waiting, how do you expect Friedrich Engels feels?

  6. Many years ago I was able to actually afford a new truck. I know, right? Crazy. Anyway, I brought it back to the community I live in and faced the usual barrage of questions from friends and casual acquaintances.

    One in particular I remember. Amidst the usual questions, one fellow asked me how much I paid. I told him. He replied instantly that he had just paid almost twice that for his new truck.

    It wasn’t about how much I paid, or how good a deal I (or even he) had gotten. It was entirely about him wanting to brag about how much he had paid. I suspect if he and I had bought the exact same vehicle but he had paid twice what I did, he still would have wanted to brag about it.

    That’s the mentality of someone who would spend $180m on a yacht. It may or may not be worth anything close to $180m. The key feature it has is not a feature in itself, it is that it cost more than the next guy/girl’s $120m yacht. It doesn’t matter if it’s better or more comfortable. It just has to be more ostentatious and more expensive.

    That’s it. That’s who we are in the early decades of the 21st century.

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