Live chat this Wednesday, plus: buttons!

The next Field of Schemes live chat will be this Wednesday, June 16, at 1 pm Eastern, or 10 am Pacific, or 11 pm if you’re in Almaty, Kazakhstan and want to discuss the 2022 Winter Olympics bid. All FoS Supporters at any level get to join in. (Archive of last month’s chat is now publicly viewable here.)

And speaking of membership having its privileges, the long-awaited Field of Schemes Supporter buttons are finally here on my kitchen table, and will begin winging their way to site supporters shortly. If you can’t live without one of these, or just want to help me keep devoting my time to reporting the latest stadium and arena news for this site, sign up today!

Live members-only stadium chat, Friday, noon Eastern

Way back when I was soliciting Supporter memberships back in December, one of the perks of membership that I promised was monthly live chats with me about whatever y’all wanted to talk about. (Presumably something related to stadium and arena funding, but if somebody wants to discuss the relative merits of Feelies albums, I’m game.) I spent some time looking at chat plugins, most of which seem to be designed for people doing online tech support, then eventually got distracted by reporting stadium news and didn’t get back to it.

Anyway, I’ve decided enough fumfering around: This Friday, I’ll be conducting a members-only chat from noon to 1 pm Eastern time, on this site. To make things simple, the chat will be conducted in the comments section of a password-protected post (password will be emailed out to Supporters momentarily), and will afterwards be archived for all to see.

So as not to leave non-Supporters out, you can play along by submitting topics for discussion in the comments section of this post, and I’ll do my best to address them as time allows on Friday. Unless we get caught up in heated The Good Earth vs. Crazy Rhythms debates, in which case all bets are off.

Become a FoS Supporter for 2014! (Now with actual tchotchkes!)

It’s been a little over six months since I last asked FoS readers to chip in to help pay for this site, and man, it was quite a six months: We had the crazy denouement of the Sacramento Kings relocation battle, the Atlanta Falcons’ squabble over relocating century-old churches to make way for their new stadium, Cobb County’s stunning announcement of plans to lure the Atlanta Braves to the suburbs with $300 million in public money, and a pile of other sports stadium and arena stories each more bizarre than the next. It’s all been great for site traffic, but the flood of news also requires more of my time to keep up, all at the sub-minimum-wage levels provided by Google Ads and the occasional book royalty.

So with a new year dawning and no doubt more sports subsidy insanity on its way, I’m putting out a call for new FoS Supporters who’d like to kick in $50 (or $100 for the full year) in exchange for getting the right to put whatever you like in the rotating ad space at the top right corner of this page. (You can submit your own 250×90 pixel image, or send me text and I’ll design one for you.) Plus, I’m introducing a new “Mini-Supporter” level, which doesn’t get you the ad space, but does get you a cool new button that you can baffle your friends and ballgame neighbors with, access to members-only online chats with yours truly, and some other goodies as yet to be determined, plus the usual warm fuzzy feeling of knowing you’re helping make the world a more stadium-knowledgeable place. (Full Supporters get all this stuff as well, plus double the warm fuzzies.) Maybe next year, I’ll work up to tote bags.

Full deets are below, and the button to click on to sign up is below that. As always, I am eternally grateful for both the monetary and moral support (and occasional moral outrage) I get from readers of this site, and I hope that with your help I can go on doing this until it’s time to build yet another Atlanta Braves stadium. Which the way things are going, is likely to be about five minutes after the new one opens.


For those of you who read FoS regularly and would like a way to support the cause, you can now become an FoS Supporter. Starting in 2014, there are three different membership levels:

  • Mini-Supporters ($25 for one year) get not just the warm glow of knowing that they’re enabling me to keep on reporting daily on stadium and arena news while silencing the voice in my head that says “Shouldn’t you be doing real work?” but also: a one-inch members-only pin (pictured at right), based on the great Scott MX Turner’s moneybags design; access to members-only live monthly web chats; plus anything else I can think up during the year that seems fun and doesn’t require me to learn how to laser-etch iPhone covers out of sustainable wood or anything.
  • Six-Month Supporters ($50 for six months) get all the mini-supporter benefits plus the ability to place an ad in the top-right banner space, which will be viewed on a rotating basis with other member ads. Messages can be anything from “I Support Field of Schemes and I Vote” to “Read My Website, It’s Way Better Than This One” or anything else that will fit legibly in a 90×250-pixel space. (You’re welcome to send me your own display ad, or I’ll design one for you if you send the text.) I do retain veto power over needlessly offensive or inaccurate messages, so “Jeffrey Loria Is a Booger Brain” would be ruled out of order. Probably. Unless you could provide citations.
  • One-Year Supporters ($100 for one year) get all of the above, but your ad will be put in place for (wait for it) one year.

Stated in traditional fundraising-drive cups of coffee, even full Supporter status is only one cup of coffee every five days. Or, if you prefer, “Sure, I can give him 50 bucks once, I’ll just let somebody else sign up after my six months are up, and read for free then like always!” Group memberships are welcome, too, if you and some friends want to pool your pocket change and sign up that way.

Either way, your support will be greatly appreciated, since Google Ads and the occasional book sale don’t go very far. (Not that I wouldn’t welcome more book sales — and then you get an actual physical object! Or a non-physical object if you go for the cheaper electronic edition!)

To join, just choose your preferred option and click the big button below, then type your mailing address into the “message” field. Thanks in advance for your support.


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Don’t let anything important happen the next week or two, okay?

I’m going to be traveling the next week and a half, so posting will be a good bit lighter than the firehose of stadium and arena news we’ve seen in recent weeks. (Though I doubt I can stop myself from following the Phoenix Coyotes saga, even while on vacation, so I’ll likely be chiming in on that from time to time.) I’ll even be skipping my regular Tuesday morning radio spot on KUCI with Heather McCoy this week for the first time since last June, returning to the airwaves (and webwaves) on July 9.

Feel free to use the comments on this item as an open thread to discuss anything you might feel like. I promise to bring you all presents when I get back, or at least some new stadium photos.

Become an FoS Supporter, get guaranteed better returns than Miami got on its Marlins stadium

It’s been a while since I’ve asked FoS readers for any contributions to keep this website going. A long while back I had a tip jar that many of you folks generously donated to, and while it was a huge help in my never-ending campaign to pay myself at least minimum wage for the hours I put in here, I never quite felt right about just asking for money and not giving back anything more than a brief thank you.

For those of you who read FoS regularly and would like a way to support the cause, you can now become an FoS Supporter. Members will get not just the warm glow of knowing that they’re enabling me to keep on reporting daily on stadium and arena news while silencing the voice in my head that says “Shouldn’t you be doing real work?” but will also get the ability to place an ad in the top-right banner space, which will be viewed on a rotating basis with no more than nine other ads. Messages can be anything from “I Support Field of Schemes and I Vote” to “Read My Website, It’s Way Better Than This One” or anything else that will fit legibly in a 90×250-pixel space. (You’re welcome to send me your own display ad, or I’ll design one for you if you send the text.) I do retain veto power over needlessly offensive or inaccurate messages, so “Jeffrey Loria Is a Booger Brain” would be ruled out of order. Probably. Unless you could provide citations.

The membership fee is just $50 for six months in the Supporters’ Corner, or $100 for a full year. Stated in traditional fundraising-drive cups of coffee, that’s only one cup of coffee every five days. Or, if you prefer, “Sure, I can give him 50 bucks once, I’ll just let somebody else sign up after my six months are up, and read for free then like always!” Group memberships are welcome, too, if you and some friends want to pool your pocket change and sign up that way.

Either way, your support will be greatly appreciated, since Google Ads and the occasional book sale don’t go very far. (Not that I wouldn’t welcome more book sales — and then you get an actual physical object! Or a non-physical object if you go for the cheaper electronic edition!)

To join, just click the big button below. Thanks in advance for your support.


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Frankenstorm status report

Pretty windy here at Field of Schemes HQ, but otherwise no major impact from Hurricane Sandy as of yet. Electrical lines here are all below ground, so I’m not expecting we’ll lose power, but if I disappear for a day or so, that’s probably what’s happened.

I’ll be back with some more stadium news shortly, but in the meantime if you want to hear me talk about something completely different — this storm and its relation to climate change — you can tune in the interview I did with WBAI radio in New York this morning (my segment starts around the 17-minute mark).

Hold that thought…

I’ll be doing some site upgrades for the next few hours, so things may be a bit wonky during that time, and comments will be briefly disabled. I’ll update this item once things are back to (more or less) normal.

UPDATE: The transition is now complete, and you may resume your normal commenting activities. If you notice anything that seems off-kilter, either post in comments below or email me at the address at left.

Programming note

Field of Schemes World Headquarters is going to be moving this week (just in physical space — the website will remain right where it’s always been), so posting here may be light to nonexistent for the next few days. If something exciting happens in any of your favorite stadium debates — say, yet another city offering to host a Vikings stadium — and I’m not here to write it up, feel free to talk it over here in comments, and I’ll chime in once I’ve unpacked my DSL modem.

On the road again

I’ll be traveling next week, so posting will be light to nonexistent unless there’s major news. For minor news, gossip, and the usual kibitzing, please treat the comment section of this post as your open thread for the week.

A brief intermission

I’m traveling from now until July 4, so posting will be light to nonexistent during that time. If anything important happens in the interim — the Vikings proposing to pay for a new stadium by holding the world’s largest bake sale, say — feel free to talk about it yourselves in comments, and I’ll chime in on my return.