A Closer Look at the Retractable Roof of Atlanta's Bonkers New Stadium

Remember when the Atlanta Falcons announced they'd be building a new stadium—using a boatload of public money—that would be crowned with a retractable roof? The architects of the $1.2 billion project recently passed along a new fly-through of the design. And while it's our best look yet at the structure, it also… » 1/20/15 9:46pm 1/20/15 9:46pm

The Taxpayer Extortion Playbook: How To Ignore The NFL Playoffs Today

While all attention focuses on this afternoon's two championship games, the NFL is quietly and methodically running its taxpayer extortion playbook on the people of St. Louis. The Los Angeles trump card, the NFL's longtime key leverage in stadium negotiations, is being deployed with particular oomph. » 1/18/15 12:05pm 1/18/15 12:05pm

Chart: Stadium Distance From Downtown In Four-Sport Cities

This chart from Redditor jamintime shows distance between stadiums and downtowns in cities with NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL franchises. Google Maps was used to track distance and define downtown and stadium locations. In cities with multiple pro teams in the same sport, the closest stadium to downtown was used. This chart… » 9/29/14 6:05pm 9/29/14 6:05pm

How Vacant World Cup Stadiums Could Be Turned Into Housing

The World Cup ends this weekend, leaving Brazil with the heady task of deciding what, exactly, to do with the 12 stadiums that were built or converted for games. Two architects have published a proposal to convert the stadiums into something Brazil desperately needs: Affordable housing. » 7/11/14 4:15pm 7/11/14 4:15pm

Host Sites For A 2022 U.S. World Cup That Doesn't Exist–Yet

ESPN Deportes' Jorge Ramos caused a bit of a stir last week by reporting that FIFA put U.S. Soccer on standby for the 2022 World Cup, should Qatar be stripped of its hosting privileges. While this report has been disputed and denied up and down, America's vast sports infrastructure would make it a sensible backup… » 6/17/14 3:52pm 6/17/14 3:52pm

Here's What The Braves' New Ballpark Could Look Like

Forget for a second how much money taxpayers will pay for the Braves' new Cobb County stadium, and how those taxpayers had no say in funding the ballpark, and how the Braves are abandoning a perfectly good 20-year-old stadium to the wrecking ball, and how parking will be a nightmare, and how the team's white flight » 5/14/14 11:52am 5/14/14 11:52am