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Venue News: Golden State Warriors Plan Move to San Francisco; Red Wings Proceed with Arena Plans
By: Karen Hogan, Associate Editor
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 9:04 am

The Golden State Warriors plan to move to a new waterfront arena in San Francisco. Details are still being worked out as the team and city on Monday continued to negotiate a deal to build an arena on Piers 30 and 32 in time for the 2017-18 NBA season. A conceptual deal would launch a lengthy, cumbersome process to build a new arena. Officials would still need to find hundreds of millions of dollars to fund the arena and clear several environmental planning hurdles. Most or all of the funding would reportedly need to come from private sources. The earliest the Warriors could move across the bay would be 2017, when the team is eligible to escape its current lease with Alameda County and Oakland officials…

…The Detroit Red Wings have selected an architect to design a new NHL arena in downtown Detroit, a sign the team is moving ahead with the project. HKS, co-designer of American Airlines Center, will team with Chan Krieger NBBJ, a Boston architect specializing in urban developments, according to three industry sources. The Red Wings intend to develop a new 18,000-seat facility to replace outdated Joe Louis Arena, sources said. Over the past few years, the team has considered renovating the 33-year-old, city-owned facility as well as sharing the Palace of Auburn Hills with the NBA Pistons and building a new arena for both teams. The team is considering a few sites for a new arena, sources said, including property behind the Fox Theatre, headquarters of Olympia Entertainment, a sports and entertainment company owned by Mike Ilitch, owner of the Red Wings…

…For the past four seasons, Stony Brook’s basketball teams have played in 1,800-seat Pritchard Gymnasium while Stony Brook Arena lay dormant next door, awaiting previously approved state funds for renovation to be unfrozen. University officials have formally announced a $21.1 million construction project to create a 4,000-seat sports and entertainment venue. Construction is expected to begin the second week of June, and the facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014. The renovations will include four luxury boxes and a VIP lounge area at the loge level with premium courtside seating. The north side of the current structure will expand toward the parking lot to create room for concessions, restrooms, and a concourse. Seating capacity for basketball will be 4,008, expandable to 4,200 with floor seating for entertainment events. Unlike the previous arena, most of the seating is permanent except for grandstands that roll back at each end of the court, where student seating is located…

…BMO Harris Bank has secured the naming rights to the Bradley Center as part of a new six-year sponsorship deal aimed at helping extend the building’s life during the debate over a new basketball arena. The move comes just four years after Bradley Center officials dropped an effort to sell naming rights for the building because the children of Jane Bradley Pettit, the philanthropist who donated $90 million to build the center, publicly opposed the effort. But Bradley Center and Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce officials were able to convince David and Lynde Uihlein, Pettit’s children, in recent months that securing the funds from naming rights was critical to getting enough financial support to provide maintenance and upgrades to the building. The new name of the building will be the BMO Harris Bradley Center…

…The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, teetering on the brink of financial ruin, approved a controversial deal last week to surrender day-to-day control of the historic venue to USC. The 8-to-1 vote would virtually end public stewardship of the 88-year-old stadium, a jewel of its South Los Angeles neighborhood built to honor World War I veterans and financed with public money. USC has long sought control of the Coliseum, decrying the property’s outdated condition as unfit for the school’s Trojan football team, which plays there. The new lease would give USC the right to control the facility until 2054.

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