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Game on for San Jose Earthquakes’ stadium project… again

The Major League Soccer San Jose Earthquakes’ oft-delayed stadium project reached a key milestone this week after the team recently announced a one-year delay on the project.

The Quakes began pouring the concrete foundation for the new stadium on Friday, representing a symbolic moment for both the team and the project. Take a look at their stadium webcam or check out a construction site video on the team’s blog.

This is a positive step for the team, but this project reminds me of a memorable scene from Wayne’s World.

 

Nebraska’s New East Stadium Houses Brain Research Center

The University of Nebraska expanded Memorial Stadium this season to over 92,000 seats, but the stadium’s most impressive additions will benefit more than just the Cornhusker faithful.

Brain research, University of NebraskaIn a collaboration between Nebraska’s athletic and academic arms, the privately funded $63.5 million East Stadium houses the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior to study, prevent, and treat the effects of brain injuries. This state-of-the-art facility, which supports both the Big 10 and Ivy League, is testing the use of an electrode-covered mesh cap that would allow athletic medical staff to analyze a player’s brain waves on-site and determine within minutes the severity of an injury and whether they can return to the game. The center will also benefit the research of non-sports related brain injuries.

In addition, Nebraska created a 50,000-square-foot Athletic Performance Lab to help school athletes with strength training, treatment and rehabilitation. Recruiting tours now start in the Lab, which features a synthetic track embedded with “force plates” and surrounded by motion capture cameras that together measure impact and help athletes visualize and improve performance.

Built atop the existing structure, the new East Stadium adds 6000 seats and 38 suites. To gain a sense for just how nuts Nebraska fans are for the Cornhuskers – this season marks the first time non-premium season tickets have been available to the general public between the 20-yard lines since the stadium was built 90 years ago.

While fans will enjoy the spacious new concourse and seating options, you have to appreciate Nebraska’s investment in helping to solve an issue facing not only collegiate sports, but society at large.

Here’s a video featuring a dedication ceremony for the new facility.

Photo credit: University of Nebraska Athletic Department

San Jose Earthquakes stadium delayed until 2015

The Major League Soccer San Jose Earthquakes suffered another setback today with their new stadium construction that will push back the opening one year.

The Earthquakes had hoped to move to their new 18,000-seat stadium for the 2014 season. As I’ve written before, the Earthquakes’ snakebitten construction project hit delays in July when workers uncovered large concrete bunkers during demolition. Now the team has cited unexpected complexities in connecting the stadium to San Jose’s sewer system.  This team cannot catch a break.

I expect the Quakes will continue to play in their current home, Buck Shaw Stadium, as they await progress on their stadium. Not great news for a team that continues to slip down the table in the Western Conference. Happy Friday the 13th Earthquakes fans.

Houston Texans: Our scoreboard is bigger

The NFL Houston Texans powered-up two new HD video scoreboards last Friday at Reliant Stadium, which combined create the largest video board ever installed in a sports stadium. The scoreboards cover 14,549 square feet, or over 100 feet wider than the Dallas Cowboys’ LED monstrosity suspended over the field in AT&T Stadium.

Installed with the help of $16 million from taxpayers, the mammoth scoreboards demonstrate how far teams will go to thrill their fans, leapfrog NFL peers and improve chances to host a Super Bowl. While the scoreboards are larger than those planned for the San Francisco 49ers new home, Levi’s Stadium, Houston won’t retain bragging rights for long. The Jacksonville Jaguars’ Everbank Field will display a more gigantic scoreboard in 2014.

Of course, the Cowboys aren’t concerned about a scoreboard bigger than their own that happens to be in Texas too. Actually, I’m sure Jerry Jones won’t stand for this personal assault.

Photo credit: Houston Texans

One church down, one to go for NFL Atlanta Falcons

After several months of negotiating, the NFL Atlanta Falcons reached a preliminary agreement to buy a church on the site of their proposed stadium. According to the Atlanta Constitution-Journal, the Friendship Baptist Church will receive $19.5 million from the Falcons, but before the Falcons can claim victory, they still need to reach a deal with yet another Baptist church.

The Falcons are now negotiating with Mount Vernon Baptist Church, but similar to the other negotiations early on, the two sides are far apart. The Falcons latest offer was $6.2 million, while the church is looking for closer to $20 million.  The breakthrough on the first deal happened only after current Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed recruited former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young to help advance the previously stalled negotiations. If the first agreement holds any clues, Mount Vernon will make out just fine, although the Falcons may need a little more divine mayoral intervention to make it happen.