Stadiums and relocation
Three big news about the stadium and the relocation fell at the end of the week, starting with John Hollinger Report Thursday morning of the New Orleans Pelicans looking for relocation.
Pelicans Governor Gayle Benson is “deeply connected to New Orleans and is not currently looking to sell, but losing money while the lottery ends has not been a pleasant side adventure to the core business of running the Saints,” Hollinger reported for The Athletic. noting that the Pelicans are the “team most likely to see relocation in the next decade.”
The news came a day after head coach Stan Van Gundy was fired for winning just 31 games (and leading the franchise’s eighth playoff blow in the past 10 years) and hours before it was reported that members of Zion Williamson’s family wanted it changed.
A few hours later, the Chicago Bears announced on Twitter that they were exploring a possible move to the suburbs.
The Bears, whose home stadium has been Soldier Field since 1971, submitted an offer to purchase the Arlington International Racecourse property in Arlington Heights, a location about 15 miles northwest of O’Hare International Airport and 30 miles northwest of Soldier Field. . The offer and possible departure from Chicago is just “noise,” he proclaimed. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who just wants to see them beat the Packers and be “relevant this past October.”
And on Friday WROC-TV in Buffalo reported that the Bills are planning to build a new stadium at Orchard Park:
“The new stadium will be outdoors, but with partial coverage for fans in the stands,” according to WROC-TV’s Thad Brown. “The entire project is expected to require 3 to 5 years from start to finish. While downtown Buffalo was probably an important consideration, the cost of the project makes the most sense to build in Orchard Park. “
Mike catalana compared the “partial coverage” of the stadium to that of the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Buffalo’s Highmark Stadium lease expires in 2023, leaving the Bills without a home field for at least a season before the new stadium is built. If necessary, the Bills could play their home games temporarily in Toronto or Penn State, according to Brown. Toronto is a logical temporary relocation site; the Bills played there annually for the 2008-13 Toronto Bills Series. On the surface, the Penn State possibility may seem a bit random. However, Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula have strong ties to the university. Terry is a Penn State alumnus, and his $ 88 million donation helped fund the campus Pegula Ice Arena and create the Nittany Lions men’s and women’s college hockey programs. Additionally, Penn State has long tried to host professional sporting events at Beaver Stadium.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.