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Cost for Most Expensive High School Stadium Ever Hits $70M

Texas really, really loves high-school football

(Newser) - When Texas voters approved a $63 million high-school football stadium in May, the school district fought back against claims it was the most expensive high-school stadium ever. They might not have much of a leg to stand on anymore. The Dallas Morning News reports the cost of McKinney Independent School... More »

Texas Town Spending $63M on High-School Football Stadium

It will be the most expensive high-school stadium in the country

(Newser) - How much do Texans love football? Nearly two-thirds of voters in McKinney, Texas, just voted to spend $62.8 million on a new high-school football stadium. Fox News reports it will be the most expensive high-school stadium in the country. "We're visionaries," the Dallas Morning News quotes... More »

For Stadium Workers, Super Bowl Is Not So Super

Gabriel Thompson describes working 16 hours, some unpaid

(Newser) - Gabriel Thompson was paid $12.25 an hour as a concession worker at Levi's Stadium during Super Bowl 50. Not bad, right? Well, he writes at Slate , it's a little more nuanced than that: Thompson clocked in at 8:36am, more than 90 minutes after he arrived at... More »

Vikings' Suit: Wells Fargo Is Photo-Bombing Our New Stadium

Team says bank is trying to sneak extra exposure with mounted, lit signage

(Newser) - In 2014, Wells Fargo agreed it wouldn't use mounted, illuminated rooftop signs on its two 17-story office towers that flank the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium in Minneapolis, per the Minneapolis Star Tribune . Instead, it would use two 56-foot signs painted flat on the roof, with no illumination, the Pioneer ... More »

Bills Fan Fired After Stadium Fall

He's barred from games after reckless slide

(Newser) - Unemployment has been added to injury for a Buffalo Bills fan who put himself and another fan in the hospital with a reckless stunt at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. In an incident that became a viral video, a fan identified as Rob Hopkins slid down a safety railing on... More »

Fan Falls to His Death at 49ers Game

And 2 others were hurt in Indianapolis

(Newser) - It looks like football isn't just hazardous to the players' health—it might be hazardous to fans, too. A man died at Candlestick Park in San Francisco yesterday, falling from an elevated walkway just after the kickoff in the 49ers-Packers game. Witnesses tell the AP that the man appeared... More »

Florida Stadium to Be Renamed— After Prison Firm

GEO Group's boss is alumnus of Florida Atlantic

(Newser) - A 29,000-seat university stadium in Boca Raton, Florida, will soon boast the name of a private prison company—a move that has critics shaking their heads, the New York Times reports. GEO Group "is a company whose record is marred by human rights abuses, by lawsuits, by unnecessary... More »

'Abnormality' Blamed for Superdome Blackout

New Orleans to probe 34-minute outage that ground Super Bowl to halt

(Newser) - Embarrassed officials say the blackout that shut down the Super Bowl for 34 minutes was caused by an "abnormality in the system," though they're still in the dark as to what caused it. The Superdome's management company says power was partially cut to isolate the issue... More »

Runaway Cart Wreaks Havoc at Cowboys Stadium

7 suffer minor injuries as unmanned cart ploughs into people

(Newser) - The winning coach and several other people were bowled over by a runaway electric cart that raced across the field after a weekend high school football playoff game at Cowboys Stadium. Seven people were treated for minor injuries caused by the cart, which was stopped by a field worker after... More »

For $200, Fans Can Watch Super Bowl Outside Stadium

'Party plaza' seats will likely help break attendance records

(Newser) - Cowboys season-ticket holders have a special seating option for watching the Super Bowl, the Star-Telegram reports: For the low, low price of $200, they can watch the game on a TV screen while standing outside the stadium. The Cowboys won't be in the Super Bowl, of course, but Dallas is... More »

Fan Plunges to Death at Chicago Stadium

Man appeared to leap during Bears, Eagles game: witnesses

(Newser) - A man plunged 20 feet to his death from Chicago's Soldier Field football stadium during a Bears game against the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday. Witnesses said the man, who has been identified as 23-year-old Stuart Haverty of Woodstock, Ill., appeared to run to a ledge in an upper-level seating area and... More »

That Ballpark Hot Dog Could Kill You

ESPN gives more info than you wanted on stadium food safety

(Newser) - If you’d like to enjoy the next hot dog you eat at a baseball game, don’t read on. ESPN reviewed health department inspection reports for the North American MLB, NFL, NHL, and NBA venues and found that 28% had been cited for a “critical” or “major”... More »

Adultery Site Wants to Rename Meadowlands

AshleyMadison offers $25 million...and will go higher

(Newser) - The infidelity business must be booming. Adultery-promoting website is offering to pony up $25 million to acquire the naming rights to the new Meadowlands Stadium, home to the Jets and Giants. "We would be pleased to match any such superior offer," reads the letter obtained by... More »

Yankee Stadium Outlaws iPads

Have one on you, and you won't be let in

(Newser) - Looks like booze isn't the only thing baseball fans will be sneaking into Yankee Stadium this summer: iPads have been declared a no-no there under its "no laptops" security policy. Sure, it's sort of a silly issue, notes Mashable : Sit in a sunny spot and the glare will render... More »

Stadiums, Hotels Told to Watch for Terrorists

(Newser) - Counterterrorism officials have issued security bulletins to police around the nation about terrorists' desire to attack stadiums, entertainment complexes, and hotels, the latest in a flurry of such internal warnings as investigators chase a possible bomb plot in Denver and New York. In the two bulletins—sent to police departments... More »

Winning Teams Juice Ballpark Beer Prices

On average; there are some steals, and some outrages

(Newser) - Fans of winning baseball franchises pay for their bragging rights with more expensive beer, the Wall Street Journal reports. On average, a team that wins 6 out of 10 games charges $1.30 more for a 16-ounce beer than a club with a .400 winning percentage. There are, of course,... More »

In Recession, NFL Blackout Rule Raises Ire

To fill seats, league holds local TV broadcasts hostage

(Newser) - High ticket prices and the recession are taking their toll on attendance at pro football games. But if you can’t afford the stadium, at least you can watch at home, right? Wrong. The NFL is sticking to its “blackout” policy—no local broadcast if the stadium doesn’t... More »

S. African World Cup Laborers End Strike

Workers building new stadiums negotiate 12% pay raise

(Newser) - South African construction workers tasked with building facilities for the 2010 World Cup today called off their week-long strike after 15 hours, clearing a major obstacle in the country’s preparations to host to the world’s most watched sports competition, AFP reports. Construction firms agreed to give the roughly... More »

Yanks' $1.5B Park a Big Strikeout So Far

New stadium draws small, bitter crowds, opponent home runs

(Newser) - With its $1.5 billion price tag, you’d think the new Yankee Stadium would be pretty much perfect, right? But even the most loyal fans are griping as the “Taj Mahal” isn’t turning out to be everything it promised. From outrageous ticket prices to questionable outfield dimensions,... More »

Fandom: Baseball 'Kings' Sit, Soccer 'Plebes' Stand

(Newser) - Try putting a European soccer match and an American baseball game on split screen sometime and looking at the stands. You’ll notice a bunch of standing soccer fans, and a lot of sitting baseball spectators. Austin Kelley set out to explain that phenomenon for the Wall Street Journal, finding... More »

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