Still traveling, so super-brief Friday roundup this week:
- Buffalo real estate developer and one-time New York state gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino wants the Bills owners to build a new stadium in the Cobblestone District where he owns land, because duh. I bet all the other real estate developers are wishing they’d run for governor too, so they could get articles in the Buffalo News about their daydreams.
- The people who want an MLB franchise in Portland now have a backup site of a failing mall in case their initial plan of a port facility doesn’t work out. Their big problems are still not having a team and not having a funding plan for a stadium, so it seems a bit premature to debate which site their nonexistent stadium for a nonexistent team will or won’t be built on, but hey, whatever.
- “Calgary business icon” (read: investment banker) and Nashville Predators part owner says Nashville’s arena has increased the “vibrancy” of that city because now a convention center has been built there too. Then he called the Saddledome “a garbage can that’s been made to look pretty.” Wait, isn’t that what cutting-edge architecture is all about?
- A pizza chain (or “pizza” chain, if you’ve ever tasted what they pass off as pizza) has bought naming rights to a stadium that only exists in a video game. My plan is working perfectly.