December 28, 2011 |
Metal-detecting has been a hobby for Terry Herbert for many years, but when he swung his detector over a patch of dirt in a farmer's field in the English Midlands in 2009, his hobby opened the door on a distant age. As Caroline Alexander relates in "Lost Gold of the Dark Ages: War, Treasure, and the Mystery of the Saxons," Herbert had stumbled upon an Anglo-Saxon hoard: In fact, there have been many such caches of buried treasure discovered all...
November 16, 2011 |
Farmers Field has somehow gotten lighter on its feet and more bloated at the same time. A new version of AEG's proposed NFL football stadium and event center in downtown Los Angeles was unveiled Tuesday afternoon. The latest design by Ronald Turner of the firm Gensler represents a marked attempt to give the complex more transparency and openness than was contained in a largely conceptual version released late last year. Instead of an expensive retractable roof, the 72,000-seat stadium will be topped by what AEG calls a "deployable" roof, a collection of light fabric panels that can be stored outside the stadium.
September 9, 2011 |
Now the Anschutz Empire's point man, Tim Leiweke, goes shopping for an NFL team. And your money, with luxury suites to go on sale soon. Having already received unanimous city support, Leiweke on Friday completed an amazing week in Sacramento, winning state legislators' approval to speed up the environmental-impact process in building a new convention hall and downtown football stadium. "Everyone knows now we have the ability to build this stadium and now it can only be delayed six months," Leiweke said.
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September 8, 2011 |
In gridiron jargon, promoters of a downtown Los Angeles football stadium have reached the legislative red zone. They're pounding toward the goal line. They're at the 10 on first down, but time is running out. This year's legislative session is slated to end Friday, although there's nothing written in stone about that deadline. Legislators could waive the rules and go into overtime, but it's not likely. They seem as sick of the Sacramento game as the public. One of the heavily lobbied bills in play would fast-track legal challenges to Anschutz Entertainment Group's proposed 72,000-seat stadium, Farmers Field, next to Staples Center, which it also developed.
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August 27, 2011 |
The office that advises the California Legislature voiced doubts Friday about the level of economic benefit that would come from an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles, saying studies commissioned by the project's developer "likely overstated" the financial boost it would deliver. Speaking to a state Senate panel reviewing the plan by developer Anschutz Entertainment Group, policy analyst Mark Whitaker warned that football stadiums typically have a minimal effect on a region's economic growth, largely because they become a magnet for household entertainment dollars that were already being spent elsewhere in the area.
August 17, 2011 |
Let's assume AEG manages to build a massive football stadium and event center in downtown Los Angeles, an outcome looking increasingly likely following a unanimous City Council vote last week in support of the project. What would the arrival of $1.2-billion, 72,000-seat Farmers Field mean for downtown and its role in the larger region? For the city's architectural reputation? For the state of the urban mega-project in an age of austerity? We've gotten some tantalizing clues in recent weeks, though not from Anschutz Entertainment Group itself.
August 12, 2011
So the City Council unanimously approved a new $1.2-billion stadium and promised that it wouldn't cost the taxpayers a cent. Uh-huh. This from the free-spending politicians overseeing a bankrupt city that at one time had four (4) full-time calligraphers on its staff. A word to the wise: If it sounds too good to be true, it's too good to be true. Skip Usen Santa Monica :: As a longtime USC and college football fan, I have not missed having a local NFL team.
August 9, 2011 |
I hate to interrupt the ticker-tape hug between city officials and AEG in the wake of Tuesday's agreement to build a downtown football stadium and bring the NFL back to Los Angeles, but ... There is a group out there who could ruin all of this. There is a group who could show up at Farmers Field dressed in havoc, bearing chaos and portending dread. They are not neighborhood protesters, they are the sort that neighborhoods protest against. They are not environmentalists or economists, but, quite the opposite, they tear up the grass and take your money.
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July 26, 2011 |
Los Angeles officials produced their financing plan Monday for a downtown Los Angeles NFL stadium and new $275-million wing of the city Convention Center, saying it would protect taxpayers by requiring the developer to absorb a greater share of the costs and risks. Demolishing and rebuilding part of the Convention Center — a move that is central to the stadium deal — would require issuing $195 million in bonds, according to a proposed agreement released by negotiators for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council.
July 25, 2011 |
Once the dust settles on the NFL's new labor agreement, will the league finally start pushing dirt in Los Angeles? That's what backers of the competing L.A. stadium proposals are hoping, that team owners will turn their attention to the nation's second-largest market now that their first-largest nightmare — a bitter fight with the players — is over. "For us, the timing is perfect because it's coming at the same time we're finishing what no one thought we could do, which is a deal with the city," said AEG's Tim Leiweke, who hopes to know by the end of the month whether the L.A. City Council will issue roughly $300 million in bonds and approve the just-completed memorandum of understanding for a stadium deal.