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    Milwaukee's highly-anticipated new arena for the Bucks and the Marquette Golden Eagles now has a name as the only NBA one opening this year just last week in starting a new era in Milwaukee and a new head coach. Won't be named for Foxconn as previously thought. But it's another F-worded company with some Wisconsin ties. It's called the Firserv Forum, named for the Brookfield, Wisconsin-based financial services technology provider under a 25-year naming-rights pact where financial terms weren't announced as this comes less than a year after the approval of a $12.5 million incentive package for the company to build a new headquarters in the state. (Fiserv has not committed to staying in Wisconsin, so it technically has not started claiming the credits). Mutually agreed upon name is "a nod to the fintech leader’s annual world-class client experience event where technology, financial services and business professionals gather each year to exchange ideas, learn and experience leading financial technology." As a reminder the Firserv Forum, set for an August 26 opening with The Killers kickstarting things with a September 4 grand opening concert, serves as the centerpiece of downtown Milwaukee's development revitilization plan made of 30-acres that also includes an entertainment center. Firserv's naming and taxpayer subsidy costs to the tune of $250 million prompted some concerns from some Wisconsin state legislatives, however. Will also be the second NBA active arena with Forum as part of its name after Memphis' FedEx Forum:
    https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/...erv/852198002/
    https://arenadigest.com/2018/07/26/n...-fiserv-forum/
    https://arenadigest.com/2018/08/01/n...ts-deals-2018/

    The Bucks now started taking control of the facility already after signing a legal document. Moving into their new digs:
    https://arenadigest.com/2018/08/01/m...-fiserv-forum/
    https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/...rum/869956002/

    New multiuse facility opening this fall at the St. Elizabeths campus in southeast Washington, D.C., for the Washington Wizards, Mystics and the Capital City Go-Go, will be named MedStar Wizards Performance Center. The Wizards District Gaming training facility immediately becomes the MedStar Wizards District Gaming Studio. Both are named in an agreement between MedStar Health and Monumental Sports and Entertainment (owners of the Wizards, Mystics, Go-Go, Capitals, Wizards DG, and Arena Football's Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade) with a new medical partnership and providing offered:
    https://arenadigest.com/2018/07/31/m...g-rights-deal/

    When you're heading out to Atlanta's Philipps Arena to see the Hawks in action (or a concert/show and the Thrashers should still be there too), you just might want to take advantage of the new concession price-slashing that's more fan friendly. Crosstown Mercedes-Benz Stadium already implemented this initiative:
    https://arenadigest.com/2018/07/26/h...sions-pricing/
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    The Charlotte Hornets honor their past 30 years very soon starting this season. First off, the Hornets announce in mid-July as the Hardwood Classics retro unis the Alexander Julian-designed home jerseys from 1988-1997 at the since-demolished Charlotte Coliseum--white with multi-coloured light blue, royal blue, green, and purple vertical pinstripes with CHARLOTTE arched across the front in teal. The Hornets original logo from this time period is on the waistband of the shorts--they will wear for at least six times this season. Still popular even after that NO hiatus and could see more court time if proved a success. During those throwback games at the Spectrum Center, the retro court from 1995-97 was revealed that will be used with season-long celebrations and appearances coming. Despite what is mentioned the original Hugo the Hornet logo is actually not the original Hornets logo, the second link shows the actual first Hornets logo:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/08/...rowback-court/
    https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/...20140604154550
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/07/...niforms-today/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU7te7PMdXc

    Been 50 years now since the Atlanta Hawks plunked down roots in the Georgia state capital after moving from St. Louis being bought by a group Atlanta businessmen when the city was rising onward to the 1980s as a symbol of the New South. Spent far more years in Atlanta than in St. Louis, Milwaukee, and the then-Tri Cities combined. Started out playing at the Alexandria Center at Georgia Tech before the Omni/Philips Arena via the Georgia Dome (more on the Philips Arena later). Atlanta brings back its first powder blue/red/white/navy road duds in a faithful reproduction as throwbacks (minus the satin sheen). Got a black/gold 50th anniversary Hawks logo and court too with the likelihood of a black and gold City edition coming soon coinciding for that court. Some made note it's emulating Toronto's Drake/OVO/North look:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/08/...r-50th-season/

    For eagle-eyed and astute NBA uni watchers, leaked information came out months ago what NBA teams were planning to make changes with their uniform gear. At that stage, it's all unknown and planned. Memphis shows its new uniforms with relatively minor changes after a "multi-year creative process" as smoke blue disappears for dark grey in outlining the bear's head and basketball claw logo (made to form an M for Memphis this time) and new and unangled but similar wordmark, which makes it also arched on only the statement jerseys. Looks less busy than what Memphis had in the recent past since moving into the FedEx Forum. Even with the local Memphis nods, like with the new stylized Beale St. neon-like MEM logo on the Statement jersey, still managed to throw in some Vancouver love with the logo along the collar trim this way. Did I mention that Memphis now got locally-based global giant Federal Express on their jerseys as ads, names below the association and icon jersey numbers, and a brand new sideline to sideline assymetrical court design too?
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/08/...-and-uniforms/
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/06/...weaking-logos/

    Back in the mid-1990s Orlando brimmed with stars who crossed over into the pop culture along with a few others. Was a great, fun era with Shaq, Penny, 3D, Horace, Nick, and coach Brian Hill during the glory days packing the loud, proud O-Rena with that PA announcer. The Magic had done quite well with themselves since 1989 short of a title. The original electric blue retro uniforms, one of the first third jerseys the NBA had dating from that mid-1990s era, are coming back from that mid-1990s era as part of the Magic's 30th anniversary celebrations. With a logo. Mitchell and Ness' reproductions with Shaq and Penny's name and numbering sells very well, capturing that magic 90s kids with them. Season-long 30th anniversary celebrations are definitely planned in 2018-19:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/08/...-30-year-logo/

    Minnesota, Orlando's 1989 expansion mates, brings out the black Timberwolves alternate from 1998-2008 that's associated with not just the KG era but when the Timberwolves were consistent winners five times for this upcoming season. Comes with Minnesota's 30th anniversary logo commemorating 30 seasons of Minnesota basketball as a roundel. Yes, 90s retro is so in with the NBA. Why not bring back that court too? Did hoped for their original ones from 1989-1996 to get selection. Maybe because A) the Timberwolves weren't winning consistently in them and B) sought to emulate Orlando's path in choosing an alternate. Could've been a green alternate to the originals (think Nike's NBA Remix swingmans):
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/08/...ition-uniform/

    Now we're getting into the NBA arenas...

    With all the renovations and enhancements the Hawks ownership invested in Philips Arena (currently under its final stage), it's been decided last Wednesday there will be a name change last week. Philips Arena will from now on be called the State Farm Arena with its iconic red logo and wordmark under a 20-year $175 million naming-rights agreement with Dutch electronics giant Philips not renewing its original 20-year commitment for the arena’s name, one of the largest at its opening on the site of the old Omni. This State Farm deal is also one of the richest now. Philips largely abandoned its consumer-focused business efforts in 2013 and has transitioned to a health technology and lighting company, which certainly explains the change and opting not to renew. Opening day is October 20 and will possess a different feel than in the Philips Arena era. Those said notable renovations and changing to a NBA-friendly sponsor will make it even less likely for the NHL to return to the city. But Atlanta definitely deserves a third chance in the NHL as the second-largest city without NHL hockey with its strong corporate base
    https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atl...rena/823021854
    https://www.ajc.com/sports/hawks-sta...P0gjbaELppMSM/
    https://arenadigest.com/2018/08/30/n...te-farm-arena/

    With the name change and the largest renovations for an NBA arena comes more and reshaped local Atlanta concessions fare at the State Farm/Philips Arena:
    https://arenadigest.com/2018/08/20/p...ew-local-fare/

    Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum opens its doors to the public at a splashy and festive open house to 50,000 people. Kevin Reichard makes note that the Bucks' and Marquette Golden Eagles' new digs is the total opposite of the Bradley Center across the street in having more lower bowl seating for better intimacy to the action in present-day arena seating at Fiserv than Bradley--60 to 40 (as well as its unique external design and its significance) and far better tech. This was because back when it opened in 1988 it was built with the hope of luring NHL hockey to Milwaukee, which was thought to be a shoo-in at the time when the NHL decided to expand, as much as serving the Bucks. Funny he mentioned the WNBA as a potential future tenant--and a nice one for Fiserv to think about--Milwaukee had the Does in the WBL back in the late 1970s:
    https://arenadigest.com/2018/08/30/b...-fiserv-forum/

    With recent championship pedigree comes strong and positively slam dunk season ticket sales for the upcoming Chase Center and the Warriors as the latest venue for the big boy and girl high rollers. At least 80% committed to the transition across the Bay back to San Francisco at Mission Bay with ferry stop plans. Season ticket sales may never even be opened up to the general public but still withhold 5000 seats for each Warriors game to the public. Hopes are very high as a must-play arena with a 2019 date TBD:
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/art...y-13184164.php
    https://arenadigest.com/2018/08/28/w...-ticket-sales/

    One more step is behind the LA Clippers' privately financed planned Inglewood Arena as California legislature passes a funding bill with amendments requiring reducing greenhouse emissions. Opposition still exists though:
    https://arenadigest.com/2018/09/04/l...rs-arena-bill/

    Yes, I am aware the NDCELE unleashed its new, classic-inspired uniforms lately that have sadly harken back to those oppressive eras and sales are sadly strong for those worshippers. That's very sad! But I sure as hell won't link them here! You can find the news on your own...
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    Multiple leaks emerged on new NBA unis coming this season with a pink and black Vice versions to last season's white City one. Plus a new Vice court to boot at the AAA. Golden St., apparently on NBA2K19, will sport the late 1970s-early 1980s gold home classic duds. Toronto will wear the white North jerseys and maybe red ones. Plans are to be a sixth NBA jersey in the set, reserved for last season's playoff teams, called Earned, a reworking or re-colo(u)ring of the City editions:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/10/...s-hit-twitter/
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    Some sad news just emerging today. What a blow. Portland Trail Blazers (and Seattle Seahawks) multibillionaire owner Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, dies today right on the eve of the regular season starting at age 65 from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that aggressively returned from a successful defeat in 2009 earlier this month. Allen, well-liked and admired by many who know and worked under him, bought the Trail Blazers 30 years ago for $70 million from California real estate magnate Larry Weinberg and were largely very successful under his stewardship that saw two NBA Finals trips and the opening the Rose Garden in 1995 (now the Moda Center)
    http://www.nba.com/article/2018/10/1...aul-allen-dies
    https://www.sportsnet.ca/football/nf...n-passes-away/
    http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/...-owner-dies-65
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    The Chicago Bulls allow Zenni Optical log to be on its jerseys this season. Houston announces the aptly-named and punny ROKiT Phones ad will be on theirs, both always featured on a red rectangle. This leaves Indiana, Washington, and Oklahoma City as the remaining teams without an ad patch:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/10/...dd-jersey-ads/

    Houston and Boston got their new City Edition jerseys leaked on social media. Rockets go wine and gold ala the Cavs with Chinese characters across the front and the Celtics are white with green with a gold trim on Boston and the numbering in a variant of their traditional home white jerseys:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/10/...oston-celtics/

    An overall report on the array of all the latest NBA and NHL arena news, mostly on the renovations and upgrades (completed, present, and future), new basketball floors (in Charlotte, Denver, and Memphis), and the opening of Milwaukee's brand new Firserv Forum:
    https://arenadigest.com/2018/10/17/n...tions-2018-19/
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    NBA teams are steadily or rapidly unveiling their 2018-19 City editions of their Nike uniforms. Many went radically different from last season's. Only one team has decided to keep things status quo with theirs

    Denver Nuggets update their beloved rainbow Denver skyline ones from 1982-1993:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/11/...h-new-uniform/

    Detroit releases its new Motor City edition:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/11/...-city-uniform/

    Charlotte Hornets update their still-black Buzz City gear and will wear it 17 times this season:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/11/...city-uniforms/

    Minnesota Timberwolves pay tribute to the glorious and local late icon and basketball fan Prince with the Purple Rain-inspired uniforms:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/11/...ired-uniforms/

    Milwaukee Bucks pay tribute to their famous MECCA/Milwaukee Arena basketball court the late Robert Indiana designed with Bucks vertically in forest green trimmed in lime green (nodding to the MECCA wordmark at center court)with the numbering off to the right side. Supposed to be close to the free throw line with the design. Worn 12 times evenly split between home and away starting November 19 against Denver:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/11/...-city-uniform/

    Brooklyn Nets salute BKN native Notorious B.I.G. and his love of Coogi sweaters with this:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/11/...ired-by-b-i-g/

    Chicago continue showing the civic pride with a Chicago flag-inspired black unis with the four stars remaining red:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/11/...flag-uniforms/

    Washington Wizards bring out a new black City edition with the Washington Mounment on the side and announce insurance company Geico as a jersey ad patch sponsor:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/11/...form-ad-patch/
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    More details about those upcoming NBA City editions continue to come fast and furious. You know those popular white Miami Heat Vice City edition uniform set evoking 1980s era Miami and the TV series Miami Vice with the Miami wordmark as a nod to the Miami Arena, the Miami Heat's original home from 1988-99, and its logo the Heat were born out of? The Dwayne Wade jersey City T-shirts were especially popular; my store couldn't keep on the shelves and were sold in mulitples. Get ready for the black version of the Vice City edition 2.0 that will be worn 14 times this month, December, February, and April. All but one of them will be worn at home--April 7 in Toronto in The Flash's final trip to Canada. Looking forward to the T-shirts:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/11/...-city-uniform/
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    Sports Illustrated ranks the best 30 NBA uniforms ever. Even includes the alternates and the current NBA/Nike editions like the Prince Purple Rain Minnesota Timberwolves edition and Miami's Vice City ones to the the Vancouver Grizzlies 1995-2000 jerseys and that has only grown in stature since with the New York/New Jersey Nets. Follow NBA jerseys heavily and seriously enough and you can expect some usual suspects that remain popular since even the ones when they're no longer in circulation. Or updated. Shame about the #1 choice though--doesn't deserve it at all:
    https://www.si.com/nba/2018/nba-jerseys-ranking-history

    OKC Thundermay accidentally leaked their special 2018-19 Earned edition jersey look as the fifth one--an orange ("warm red") version to the existing navy Statement ones--when showing off the schedule. It's set to debut for a New Year's Eve's Eve road game at Dallas. Earned ones are only reserved for those 16 NBA teams that made last year's postseason coming between Christmas and New Year's Day. Kinda also started the fifth jerseys unveiling. Like it better than the normal road one:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/11/...fifth-uniform/

    Arena Digest's Zach Spedden takes stock and note with the recent sports arena trends for major league sports teams in the NBA and NHL with arena renovations to enhance the fan experience. Emphasis on developing new arena gathering spaces like lobbies, technology upgrades to favor 4/8KHD, greater Wi-Fi, improved sound systems, new videoboards, and mobile devices; and localized concession fare:
    https://arenadigest.com/2018/11/28/c...a-renovations/
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    Just last week my store got a shipment in a few boxes filled with several of the NBA Nike Earned jerseys, those belonging to all 16 postseason teams from last season (hence the name). What I saw in that box had the pink version of the Miami Heat's popular City Vice edition, the Boston Celtics' green with yellow Boston wordmark and numbering with white collar and sleeves, the Milwaukee Bucks' white, red, and green version of the current City edition inspired by their famous old MECCA Robert Indiana court with the classic Irish rainbow, the gold and navy version of The (Oak)Town statement ones paying tribute to Oakland, and the Philadelphia 76ERS Bicentennial-like white one with multiple stars surrounding the numbers. I strongly sensed those were going to be made out to the public in a week or two's in time for the Christmas/Boxing Day/Hanaukkah/Kwanzaa/St. Stephen's Day (Ireland)/New Year's/Day of Three Kings season and slew of games during this period. Proven right.

    Here they all are publicly unveiled this week along with the Minnesota Timberwolves' white version of the popular Prince/Purple Rain jerseys, the Toronto Raptors red and white North OVO jerseys (red and white for Canada), Cleveland's white and light blue version of this season's City edition paying tribute to the Great Lakes like Cleveland being on Lake Erie, Utah's green versions of the navy Statement one reminding those of the first few seasons in SLC wearing green and yellow road jerseys until 1986, Houston's red version of the black Statement edition, OKC's previously leaked orange version of the Statement jerseys with navy wordmark and numbering, SA's silver and black retouching of the military tech camoflauge, Portland's new red retelling of the black City edition retaining the Rip City wordmark across the front, a white recolo(u)ring of the Indiana Pacers' City jerseys inspired by the famed FloJo style, Washington's red District of Columbia version, and the New Orleans Pelicans' white NOLA jerseys now with the three team colo(u)rs horizontally instead of the Mardi Gras colo(u)rs:

    Milwaukee will be the first wear their Earned uniforms on Christmas Day on their afternoon game with the Knicks. 7 of the 16 teams will make their Earned debuts on that day with two games of two teams wearing them:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/12/...-for-16-teams/
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/12/...warriors-leak/

    An inside behind-the-scenes look and history at the Miami Heat's City Vice edition, among the coolest uniforms around in sports such as that upcoming lazer fuschia Sunset Vice coming this Christmas, that pays tribute in evoking 1980s-era Miami, when the Heat got started. The Heat can be a serious and staid organization (sometimes too much so like even being careful not to invite NBC Universal's wrath on the Miami Vice intellectual copyright infringement), but this look allows them to be more lightheatered. Even rejected some proposals unlike some NBA teams from Nike:
    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/2...t-vice-jerseys
    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/2...earned-jerseys
    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/2...t-vice-jerseys
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    The Indiana Pacers now got Motorola announced today as its jersey ad patch effective immediately until 2019-20--like tonight at their Bankers Life Fieldhouse home against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder now as the sole NBA team without any advertisements. Chris Creamer calls OKC the only cool kind left in the NBA:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/12/...-team-remains/
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    Portland Trail Blazers mourn again. Its founding owner Larry Weinberg from Los Angeles who led the group with Founding President Harry Glickman, the late Herman Sarkowsky and the late Robert Schmertz bringing the NBA to Portland in 1970 for $3.7 million with Buffalo (now LA Clippers via San Diego) and Cleveland dies Wednesday at 92. The real estate mogul sold the Trail Blazers to the late Paul Allen in 1988 to the tune of $70 million and talked lovingly about Allen upon his death. Still attended Trail Blazers games long after selling the team:
    http://www.nba.com/article/2019/01/0...elease-blazers
    https://www.wweek.com/news/2019/01/0...rs-dies-at-92/
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    I just got done writing about the Charlotte Hornets debut 1988-89 season and Michael Jordan's first trip back to North Carolina as a pro greatly improved fan interest in the underdog Hornets with 103-101 upset win at the Charlotte Coliseum at Christmas time. Now that we're in the Hornets' 30th anniversary season, we can do more of a video oral history with a couple of important things related to this thread.

    Those famous and popular Alexander Julian-designed original Charlotte Hornets uniforms and how they came together. Designed them for Shinn in exchange for a monthly supply of 5 pounds of Carolina barbeque up to Connecticut for the Chapel Hill native fashion designer icon (who also late designed his beloved North Carolina Tar Heels basketball jerseys with the trademark argyles on the sides) since they share the same banker. Unique in its time for pro basketball in 1988 with pleats and pinstripes (not on the shorts though). Reveals why the colors were chosen and how it came together as were concerns standout was going to be laughed at and the initial fit. Charlotte's distinction with its love of teal paved the way for a teal sports craze for much of the 1990s and how the Hornets became a leader in pro sports merchandise like with kids. Gets better with age:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBu_vPNbaHw

    Past Hornets players and workers speak about their fond memories paying tribute to the since-demolished 24,000+-seat Charlotte Coliseum (David Stern thought of it as too big seating-wise but Hornets owner George Shinn felt its potential for hosting ACC and NCAA college basketball games justified it) and the loud and enthusiastic fans that embraced their new pro basketball team that made The Hive, giving the players an electric home court advantage and energy and the fan experience. Made them want to come back for more as the hot ticket. Setting NBA attendance records. Even the NBA visitors looked forward to visiting Charlotte in those days knowing what kind of environment it was:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82nw1ISydQw

    Very soon after the Charlotte Coliseum opened back in August 11, 1988 with a Billy Graham dedication, the new $1 million, 8-paneled state of the art 40,000lbs scoreboard was being repositioned when it struck the ceiling and crashed to the floor, destroying both it and the new Hornets court it landed on with elements of the scoreboard embedded with just hours before Team USA basketball pre-Olympic men's and women's doubleheader with NBA players and the Cuban women, respectively, got played as the first sports event. An alternate floor was brought from Independence Arena (the original Charlotte Coliseum) from across town in time for the game that night. Could've been catastrophic but resilience and poking fun saved them:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-L8Mv7_IS8
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    Get all the insight about the incredibly popular Prince and Purple Rain-inspired Minnesota Timberwolves uniforms to honor their late local hero who used to play basketball and famously sat courtside during Timberwolves and Lynx games at the Target Center. The Timberwolves certainly knew they had a hit on their hands with this--and this means a lot to Prince fans and Twin Cities residents and the Prince Estate. The numbering was the only distinct part but still inspired by Purple Rain and of the Love Symbol:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2019/01/...-about-purple/

    Really cool thing. Dwayne Wade and Isaiah Thomas exchanged jerseys Tuesday night in Miami as former Cleveland Cavs teammates from last season in Wade's farewell tour:
    https://clutchpoints.com/heat-video-...isaiah-thomas/

    Amazing how fast that progress the Chase Center is undergoing right now in San Francisco before it opens in the fall:
    https://abc7news.com/5016267/?ex_cid...9e7yO8qFaKeKCU

    And a 2015 Rick Barry "grannyshot" bobblehead is buried right beneath the new Chase Center court free throw line:
    https://abc7news.com/sports/warriors...ourt-/4555051/

    But with each passing day before their exciting new home is officially theirs across the bay, the Warriors get progressively sad and nostalgic as the end to their remaining time at the Oracle Arena/Oakland Coliseum Arena in Oakland draws near with all the memories of events that happened. But still enjoy the moments they still have. I do hope sometime down the line afterwards, the Warriors would still get to play a game or two annually in Oakland during the regular season so as not to forget the city and arena:
    https://abc7news.com/sports/golden-s...indle/5008476/

    Stephen Curry regrets the Warriors haven't dusted off those We Believe Golden St. Warriors jerseys from 2002-2011 lately for this season that ignited the Roaracle in 2007 during the Cinderella run knocking off the #1 seed Mavericks and nearly doing likewise to Utah as #8 seed barely making the playoffs. Not to mention bringing out the likes of Jessica Alba to games. I personally would've liked instead more of the similar-looking earlier lightning bolt edition from 1997-2002 right after the renovations and rebranding to reflect that:
    https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/wa...s-biggest-miss

    The Earned NBA jerseys--or as Paul Lukas calls them the Participation Trophy Jerseys--made their debuts starting Christmas Day:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2018/12/...orms-dec-25th/
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    Somebody leaked a photo of what the Charlotte 2019 NBA All Star Game jerseys would look like manufactured by Nike (though under the Jordan insignia here since Michael Jordan owns the hosts Charlotte Hornets) and it's a fusion of last season's version with the giant black and white NBA team logos and the red, white, and blue trim around the collar and arms and three red stars running up the sides from 2015's. The NBA hasn't formerly announced when the official unvieling is going to be though. Funny how both Charlotte and San Jose from the NHL are hosting All-Star Weekends within weeks of each other with the centerpiece games sporting jerseys with nary a teal appearance as both franchises helped popularized the teal colo(u)r back in the 90s:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2019/01/...erseys-leaked/

    This is how Paul Lukas is reacting to the 2019 NBA All-Star Uniform leak:
    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/2...r-uniform-leak
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    Josmansuri's twitter leak on the 2019 NBA All-Star Game jerseys certainly looks legit. Yesterday the NBA and Nike officially confirmed them showing off the less overt jersey (the red, white, and royal blue collar and arm jersey striping) and logo callbacks to the previous time Charlotte (aka The Queen City) hosted the NBA All-Star Weekend back in 1991 at the since-demolished Charlotte Coliseum nearly 30 years ago. That, and some nods to the Hornets like honeycombs inside the stars:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2019/01/...ally-unveiled/

    What to watch for in the NBA arena world this new year of 2019? Surely, the anticipated opening of San Francisco's highly-tech friendly and privately financed Chase Center in Mission Bay for the Golden St. Warriors when they move back to the SF part of the Bay Area from Oakland for 2019-2020 highlights this, with it being the only new NBA arena this year with great exterior design and the surrounding development in the area. Regarding their soon-to-be-former-home Oracle Arena/Oakland Coliseum Arena, the Oakland A's baseball team are looking at a redevelopment plan to keep that open for non-NBA events given its 1997 re-opening from its renovation as part of a broader plan that includes a new Howard Terminal ballpark for the A's. Hopefully, GSW would play a game or two there back at the East Bay. Will this project be a reality? Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Arena (for three consecutive summers starting in 201 and Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena (closing for this upcoming summer like last year for major renovation work before a fall reopening) are both undergoing multiphase renovation projects to improve the fan experience quality and remain atop among the best. As will Seattle's Key Arena for the new NHL expansion team, the WNBA's Seattle Storm, and eventually the SuperSonics when they return but more years' round. Phoenix and Indianapolis are expecting some arena upgrading soon for their respected NBA teams--Phoenix Suns just got approval earlier this week:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/01/09/2...atch-new-year/

    Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate the Quicken Loans Arena renovations with a topping off ceremony with a evergreen tree and American, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Cavs, AHL Monsters, and labor union flag on the final I-beam on the new street-facing exterior glass façade and north atrium that will add 42,530 square feet of new public space to The Q is taking shape. When complete, 77,110 square feet of exterior glass curtain wall made up of 1,475 pieces of glass will have been installed. Its south side entrance is near completion with a new South Neighborhood coming in mid-February:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/01/16/q...-off-ceremony/

    DC legislation could pave the way for possible sportsbooking making an appearance at the Capital One Center in Washington:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/01/10/l...na-sportsbook/
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    Arena Digest's Zach Spedden gives an overview of the upcoming NBA arenas slated to host the upcoming NBA All-Star Weekends in the 2019-2022 timeframe starting with Charlotte's Spectrum Center this February in a couple of weeks, making the first time the city will host the NBA festivities since 1991 at the since-demolished Charlotte Coliseum with Central Division markets Chicago, Indianapolis, and Cleveland upcoming afterwards. Staying in the East for 4 years:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/02/06/n...nas-2019-2022/

    Google Cloud and the Chase Center partner up:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/02/06/g...r-partnership/

    Sacramento Kings partner with MGM Resorts International and Xperiel to upgrade Call the Shot, the NBA’s first free-to-play gaming experience. Call the Shot is available for fans within the Fan Zone of the award-winning, dual-mode Sacramento Kings + Golden 1Center app:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/02/05/k...ade-call-shot/
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    Chicago will host the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend at the Chicago United Center for the first time there and in 32 years since. Last hosted in 1988 at the old Chicago Stadium and just before the Bulls' glory days in the 1990s when MJ ruled. Kinda surprising Chicago hadn't hosted since considering that. Surely its notorious chilling weather in February with a desire to host it in more Sun Belt locations while showcasing the extravaganza in newer facilities elsewhere worked against Chicago. Along with that, the NBA released the new 2020 Chicago NBA All-Star template logo in Charlotte with the now ubiquitous Chicago's 4 red stars and the two horizontal light blue stripes from its famous city flag in keeping with that "terribly unpopular" standardized template theme happened since LA:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2019/02/...all-star-game/
    https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/bu...l-star-weekend
    https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/bu...-place-chicago

    How the Charlotte 2019 NBA All-Star logos and its companion looks came about:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2019/02/...tar-game-logo/

    So how was the Charlotte All-Star Weekend experience, Charlotte Business Journal and Business Insider?
    https://www.bizjournals.com/charlott...r-studded.html
    https://www.businessinsider.com/2019...-the-airport-2

    If you noticed during NBA All-Star Saturday, NBA players participating in the competition then had no ads on their team jerseys. Wonder why.

    Merchandise can be found here:
    https://store.nba.com/2019-all-star-gear/c-3445854270+z-922862-2765058?ab={wt-static_graphic}{pt-home}{al-aspot}{ct-astar}{aid-012419}&SSAID=1294547&_s=share-a-sale&utm_source=Shareasale&utm_medium=affiliates&s scid=21k3_i39u1

    Philadelphia's Well Fargo Center with the 76ERS and Flyers unveiled the newest phase forthcoming in its Transformation 2020. Among the upgrades and renovations "include a re-conceptualized approach to dining and social interaction throughout the arena’s Main Concourse level, 8000 brand new seats within the lower bowl, a concierge-style box office, and a LED video and lighting system". Main concourse's central plaza will witness an enlargement with an additional 4000 sq ft of seating and open concourse space in making it more of a "bistro meets marketplace" with social gathering and "numerous dining options" in the open hall inspired by Philadelphia's historic local public markets. Say goodbye to the lower bowl "Spectrum Red" seats with all-new ones making way and unifying them--sad about that. The box office will be relocated to the North End right at Broad Street with the idea of making more like a hotel concierge-style setting for guests as they secure tickets to the their favorite events and request information. Concourse at the eastern corridor will also have a completely new look and new layout, centered by a full-service bar with modern, industrial finishes for fans to drink and grab a bite to eat:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/02/19/n...hase-unveiled/

    In a related separate story, the Wells Fargo Center will have coming in the 76ERS' and Flyers' 2019-20 seasons the world's first kinetic 4K scoreboard featuring 65% more LED screen real estate than the Wells Fargo Center’s current center-hung model and features an ability to transform and be configured in a variety of formats to best highlight the action below with 6,600 square feet of 4mm LED video technology. Complementing the center-hung display are two massive crown trusses designed to create a captivating experience with multi-directional movement. In addition, more than 15,000 square feet of LED video technology throughout the concourses on every level, along with menu boards, game action screens and rotating signage, will be integrated to react instantly to action on the ice or court:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/02/11/w...ard-installed/

    Charlotte's Spectrum Center and Chicago's United Center next year are now off the list of NBA arenas having never hosted the All-Star Weekend. This Arena Digest link mentions those active NBA ones that have yet to do so. Portland, the longest tenured without hosting since coming in 1970, with its Moda Center, opened in 1995, hasn't due to a lack of large hotels and some amenities in the area. Similar situations exist for Memphis, Sacramento, and Oklahoma City as why these cities haven't hosted as small markets though both Portland and Sacramento are considering development like surrounding hotels to remedy this. San Antonio's AT&T Center, Dallas' American Airlines Center, and Miami's American Airlines Arena all seem likely to host future All-Star Weekends after 2021 with those cities having incredible experience hosting multiple top-level sports events with Miami holding the longest since hosting since 1990 at the since-demolished Miami Arena--NBA All-Star Weekends now typically coincides with the Miami International Boat Show. AAC actually didn't host the All-Star Game itself (the AT&T Stadium did that set a record-breaking of 108,713 fans) but did hold the All-Star Saturday. Boston is going through the longest without hosting since 1964 and this is because the ownership group passed on bidding due to timing and planning concerns for a new convention space since 2004 at the Seaport, cooperation with the convention bureau, traffic routing, hotels, police, and space that now demands from NBA All-Star Weekend extravaganza. Detroit's Little Caesar's Arena and Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum are the youngest until SF's Chase Center opening next year are capable in the future. Issues exist over whether enough hotels are or will be present near the arenas as part of the surrounding development and if more established arenas have stronger cases for hosting in the immediate years' bidding
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/02/13/a...nba-star-game/
    https://www.bostonherald.com/2018/03...all-star-game/

    San Francisco's Cow Palace--actually located just south of San Francisco in Daly City in San Mateo County and opened in 1941--was one of the original homes for the San Francisco Warriors when they moved from Philadelphia in 1961. Its end may be near with a demolition if a California bill passes banning gun shows there with the stipulation of removing the venue's site control from the state boards to local officials from the three city entities who could seek redevelopment. Bit of a shame if that happens because livestock shows aside (hence the name), because it could use some renovations and upgrades that might work to have some minor league pro sports if executed properly like minor league ice hockey, arena football, WNBA basketball, handball, FIVB volleyball, indoor lacrosse, minor league pro basketball, and indoor soccer because the SF Bay Area is no doubt wealthy enough to support them that doesn't really need 20,000 seating
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics...d-13614916.php
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/02/14/g...es-demolition/
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    Coogi sues the Brooklyn Nets, Nike, and the NBA for the design on the Nets' popular City jersey edition, accented that pays tribute to the Notorious B.I.G. with his love of sporting those Coogi sweaters. The Nets last wore them Friday versus Portland following a number of times this season. Don't expect this will get dragged out in court and Coogi will be bought out with all three of their cash. Guess it's just that Coogi wasn't consulted in the development, which was a mistake. And the pattern doesn't really resemble those famous sweater designs that I know from Coogi. Maybe that's scaling:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2019/02/...niform-design/
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    Going to see the Cleveland Cavaliers game at the Quicken Loans Arena in the future? Well, the Quicken Loans Arena's new South Neighborhood is now open for business as part of its Q Transformation project. The 6,350 square foot area on the main concourse provides new concession options and concepts from the likes of acclaimed Cleveland chefs Jonathon Sawyer’s Greenhouse Kitchen and Karen Small’s Market at the Fig adding with Michael Symon’s B Spot and Bar Symon and Rocco Whalen’s Rocco’s at The Q and gathering spaces just inside the Discount Drug Mart entrance across the street from the Indians' Progressive Field:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/03/11/q...orhood-debuts/
    https://www.theqarena.com/news/detai...hborhood-19311

    Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center will present an expanded Center City Club area. Doubled in size located at the event level with a large show kitchen featuring state-of-the-art surfaces–with the club serving a custom and rotating menu–and the kitchen will be flanked by two 50-foot luxury bars on either side. Ticket packages with admission to the club will vary per event and will have comprehensive offerings including all-inclusive food and beverage:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/02/28/e...r-renovations/
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    New teams to the NBA Playoffs this year. Meaning Denver, Detroit, Brooklyn, and Orlando will all get their Nike Earned NBA jerseys next season for being in the postseason. Surely there's got to be some jersey designs or plans these teams have waiting inside their vaults to be revealed now with the playoffs going on. Like to see Denver for example break out some brick red (or flatirons red, if you prefer) Nuggets duds to go along with the navy, royal blue, and white ones they already got.
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    With this NBA Finals edition, we are assured of at least two final NBA games at the Oakland Coliseum Arena/Oracle Arena, the oldest NBA arena in usage, for the Golden St. Warriors before heading across the San Francisco Bay to the Chase Center. Scene shifts to Oakland for games starting Wednesday night, where it's almost an impenetrable fortress. I think this 2019 NBA Finals will actually go the distance, so make that 3 final games in Oakland after a 5-year consecutive run in the NBA Finals. Should the Warriors win by Game 6, it'll be a tremendous sendoff for the arena's time with the Warriors since 1966-67 but really starting from 1971 on up to 2019. Funny how this arena actually got the host the NBA Finals until 2015 that started the Warriors glory period we're enduring now because scheduling priorities towards the already-booked Ice Follies forced them to play back at the Cow Palace the last time they were winning the 1975 NBA Championship sweeping the Washington Bullets even with this inconvience. Should remind some people it underwent arena renovations worth $121 million after and similar to Seattle's Key Arena did in 1996-97 when having lesser capacity at over 15,000 and lacking luxuries like the newer ones with lighting seemingly darker. The original walls, roof and foundation remained intact and was completed in time for the Warriors return in the fall of 1997 (they played the 1996–97 season at the San Jose Arena, home of the NHL's Sharks) with a new logo rebranding. Included in the renovation was a new center overhead LED scoreboard and 360-degree fascia display. New configuration seats 19,596 for basketball. The "Roaracle" will undoubtably the loudest it will ever be starting Wednesday in its final days kicking up those painfully high decibel levels. Highly likely attendance will reach somewhere around the 20,500 attendance plateau

    Contrast that with the much-younger Scotiabank Arena up in Toronto that's 20 years old and it has its own upgrades like scoreboards 4x larger than the previous one and the massive 4KTV screen outside for those Jurassic Park/Maple Leaf Square moments. Known as the Air Canada Centre upon opening and planning in 1999, the surrounding area certainly witnessed some serious changes since with multiple high rise condo skyscrapers surrounding it and less open spaces for parking. Scotiabank Arena jumpstarted the downtown rejuvenation project bolstering Toronto's economic growth with further construction to the downtown Toronto infrastructure including projects like the Bay West Teamway, Union Plaza, the Galleria (shopping centre), and Bremner Boulevard. This building started out as a Canada Post's Toronto Postal Delivery Building, located right next to Union Station, to assist in the recent Toronto population growth and in the surrounding areas in the 1930s up to the 1993 via briefly to the Department of National Defence. Scotiabank Arena retains the Art Deco-style facade at the eastern wall along Bay St. and south along Lake Shore Boulevard of the original postal structure built in 1941, through a process known as facadism. However, the rest of the building like where it would face Union Station, was removed to make way for the arena's size and connected to the PATH network, TTC subway, and bus terminals. Original facade is preserved under the Ontario Heritage Act. When the NBA decided to expand into Canada with Toronto first, a new arena was definitely going to be needed for the Toronto Raptors within the first few years of existence after spending time inside the too-large Skydome while that was under construction nearby from the March 1997 groundbreaking. This building was chosen as a pro sports arena due to its downtown location and lot size. While partly under construction, it was when the Raptors and the then-Air Canada Centre were both bought by MLSE at a time when the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs were seriously contemplating leaving the venerable Maple Leaf Gardens, where basketball was played there by the likes of the Buffalo Braves and the 1994 World Basketball Championships, so serious design modifications were made to make it suitable for ice hockey.

    The first basketball game occurred on February 21, 1999 when the Toronto Raptors played the Vancouver Grizzlies in aptly an all-Canadian affair the Raptors won 102-87 win that saw 19,800 filling it in sellout mode for Vince Carter's 27 points and Kevin Willis' 15 rebounds, and Charles Oakley's 7 assists during a lockout-shortened season. Features of the new building consist of a 65,000-square-foot (6,000 m2) arena and a 165,000-square-foot (15,300 m2) office tower. There is also an east-west covered, climate controlled galleria and walkway onsite that contains restaurants, the ticket office, and other commercial units. The Galleria also connects the Scotiabank Arena to popular locations in the downtown core such as Union Station, Bay Street and York Street. The Galleria also doubles as a historical museum by displaying numerous artifacts from the old Canada Post building. Wikipedia's entry says: Scotiabank Arena has, from its initial design to completion, revolutionized many concepts included in new arenas and stadiums built since then. These features include luxury suites accessible on the ground floor, splitting the main scoreboard into several sections, rotating all sponsor signage in the bowl at once (to allow dominant messaging or "neutralization" for events that disallow commercial advertising), and multiple restaurants in and out of the main arena bowl view.

    With Milwaukee and Toronto facing each other in the Eastern Conference Finals, we were assured of an arena making its NBA Finals debut that Toronto won out this year as opposed to the Fiserv Forum. Notably and interestingly, neither of the prime Scotiabank Arena tenants, the Maple Leafs and until now the Raptors, never tasted high-profile league championship games during their respective tenures at Scotiabank Arena despite runs of success. It's been co-tenant NLL's Toronto Rock that won championships in this arena for Toronto--six times:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/05/30/2...finals-arenas/

    Seems like the Washington Wizards' Capital One Arena took a page from Atlanta's State Farm Arena and install a 1000 ft. courtside patio for VIP ticket holders known as The District at the Capital One Arena's east end for Wizards games with direct access to two other lounges. Seating will be more set like the District of Columbia's flag. It'll be the NBA's largest:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/05/30/t...tal-one-arena/

    Cleveland's newly-renamed Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse announce sponsor partnerships for its main social space entrances, Sherwin-Williams Paints (marquee north) and Cleveland Cliffs, an iron ore producer and supplier to the American steel industry (northwest). Sjerwin-Williams has been with the Cavs since 1989:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/05/29/c...use-entrances/

    The Scofflaw Beer Barn with its 48 tap handles and a 101-foot-long bar--and a logo-inspired goat sculpture for selfies now added and open at Atlanta's State Farm Arena at the North Concourse of the 200 level, above Section 215 when that area is open for State Farm Arena events:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/05/31/s...te-farm-arena/
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    Houston Rockets blasting off into the 2019-20 season this morning with a new logo retaining the red Rockets R logo, one of the longest tenured NBA logos around, and placing in front of a new graphite basketball with the Houston Rockets wordmark ring incorporating around the new basketball as the Global Icon logo suggesting it's more like a planet. Kinda early when we're in the thick of the NBA Finals. Drops the very horizontal workmark heavy version in use since 2003. Plus come June 30th, Houston will release a whole new uniform slate. No details were made known but rumours are swirling these plans will at least see a new Association (home) and Icon (road) uniform--the Association will be white (by NBA league rule), the Icon is reportedly red. Designs there may be simple and straight forward with no hints of throwback to previous past styles Houston did:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2019/06/...still-to-come/

    Golden St. sure did kept a secret for its final Oracle Arena regular season home game in Oakland against the Los Angeles Clippers from the sports uniform world and their fans on April 7 after 47 years in Oakland. Took off their warmup to reveal them to the delight of players and fans alike. Warriors players requested heavily to bring back those We Believe era uniforms from 2002-2010--not to be confused with the earlier ones with the lightning bolt vertically along the sides and on the Warriors wordmark from 1997-2002 immediately following the return to the Oakland Coliseum Arena after renovations. Primary logo was a myth god wielding a lightning bolt in front of the basketball above the Warriors wordmark. Right before moving away from the "throwing caution to the wind and be wild and different era" in the 1990s to "going back to the future--updated" era. They were the ones GSW sported when, as the #8 seed in the West barely scrapping in, they stunned Dallas and nearly beat Utah in 2007 with those yellow We Believe T-shirts now a staple there. Stephen Curry was particularly happy about this one since he hoped to wear them at least one final time before the Chase Center move. After all, he fondly wore them as a rookie in 2019-10. SF Chronicle writer Rusty Simmons explains what happened with the throwback process that got fast-tracked with the NBA and Nike by normal standards:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2019/04/...en-throwbacks/
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/warriors...php?psid=969E8

    As for the new Chase Center, the first slate of new restaurants and retailers surrounding it were announced to form the 11-acre, 100,000sq ft, mixed-use, privately-financed complex in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood to be known as Thrive City. Includes a Warriors Team Shop, a Chase Bank branch, Nachoria casual Mexican, Chef Michael Mina's High-Energy Food Hall, Gott's Roadside, Dumpling Time, b8ta, and Belly and Sweet Belly. All this and more coming in a 2019-2020 time frame. Kaiser Permanente is also involved in as a multiyear partner that will include being the "official Warriors team physicians". Thrving is part of its slogan. Look for an ice skating rink, a 16,000-square-foot sports medicine center, yoga classrooms, and Get Fit clinics planned too:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/06/03/w...ts-and-retail/
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/05/28/w...n-thrive-city/

    Arena Digest's look at where things presently stand with aging and outdated but still very functioning arenas in major cities, many of them in former NBA/ABA markets, and the issues each have when looking at replacing them with newer arenas or renovating them like Baltimore (Bullets), San Diego (Clippers), Hampton Roads and Norfolk (ABA's Virginia Squires), Cincinnati (Royals), and Hartford (Boston Celtics in select games):
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/06/05/m...-arena-issues/

    Adam Silver pledges his public support towards the existence of the Clippers' planned new Inglewood Arena in the midst of the legal dispute they're under with lawsuits by MSG, owners of the Forum, in time for a 2024 debut:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/05/31/s...glewood-arena/
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    Arena Digest pays tribute to the Oakland Coliseum Arena/Oracle Arena and its unique history with an appreciation with some help from the San Francisco Chronicle with that Bay Area NBA championship dynasty going on. The end is nigh for this arena as the Warriors' home for 47+ years. Might come tonight if Toronto wins then and over on Sunday in Toronto unless GSW wins tonight that can force a Game 6 Thursday night. Better hope the loud energetic atmosphere will be present in possibly the last one tonight. It's one of the few arena that I know like Paris' Omnisports De Bercy (or the Accord Hotels Arena) that seemingly is built above a grassy ground that people enter inside.

    Events will still take place there like concerts and possibly arena football coming in February, but its long term future depends heavily on the Oakland A's ongoing pursuit of a new ballpark, currently pitched for the waterfront Howard Terminal site. The Oracle Arena meanwhile is part of redevelopment project proposal for the Coliseum complex to leave the arena operational for a variety of events:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/06/07/w...e-arena-games/
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/...photo-15663853
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    GSW got some logo modifications in the works in the Golden Gate Bridge primary logos ready for European trademark approval for the 2020-21 season, the second season inside the new Chase Center in SF, with a new The Bay secondary logo replacing Oakland's The Town one and a W logo. Ready in a few days after the end of the 2019 NBA Finals:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2019/06/...riors-in-2020/

    That Goodyear wingfoot logo we see on the Cleveland Cavaliers Nike jerseys actually makes lots of sense when you think about the nod towards the legendary Akron Wingfoots basketball team, now in its 100th year of mutual association of basketball and Akron-based Goodyear. It has been a NBL team, an independent, the NABL, MBC, and involved with the AAU a couple of time including now. That was the more consistent basketball team in Northeastern Ohio more so than Cleveland ever had with the old Rebels and Pipers until the Cavs came along. Just as important, this team also helped in the promotion of the rubber and canvas-based athletic sneakers the Wingfoots wore.
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    The last surviving and groundbreaking one of the NBA arenas opening in 1988 will inevintibly face the wrecking ball: The Palace of Auburn Hills is going to be razed this fall to make way for a 100-acre mixed-use joint venture redevelopment project including a corporate office, research & development, and technology companies in the office park with the arena part of the demolition plans. Pistons owner Tom Gore and Schostack Brothers are the names behind this joint venture. In just a short amount of time, two Detroit sports arenas are being razed with the Joe Louis Arena, an arena that temporarily housed select Pistons games when the Silverdome had a scheduling conflict or when the WNBA Detroit Shock played their championship game there in 2007, being the other and currently taken down. All remaining team and business operations will eventually move over to the new Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center this fall near the Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. Guess it had to end with the Pistons aspiring to bring everything to Detroit from suburban Auburn Hills. A shame the privately-financed arena is going to be gone as I strongly feel there was plenty of life left in it; it could attract some second-tiered pro sports leagues in a big city like arena football, WNBA basketball, and indoor lacrosse and still offer some big-time concerts to avoid scheduling conflicts with LCA as Detroit can handle two 20,000+ arenas:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/06/25/t...or-demolition/

    And the Little Caesars Arena gets the LEED Silver certification in the environmently green and sustainability construction:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/06/12/l...certification/

    That 20-year Thrive City partnership Golden St. has with Kaiser Permanente connected with the Chase Center could reach $256 million:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/06/24/c...ht-reach-295m/

    And we'll continue on with the Golden St. Warriors and their new Chase Center arena in San Francisco as they're making their move across the SF Bay from Oakland. Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals was, regardless of the ultimate result, the final NBA game played at the Oracle Arena for the Golden St. Warriors. Kinda funny that it was a Canadian team that closed it down instead of a final sendoff with Warriors fans draped in yellow with free T-shirts saying Stay Golden, hoping for a great sendoff. It was not to be. Marked the end of a very long era and will be sad not to be used anymore. Will Chase Center be as loud and kinder to those who are as wealthy like the Oakland Coliseum Arena was. Most of the buildings surrounding the Mission Bay area and Thrive City belong to the UCSF and not the Oakland-based Kaiser, a rival of sorts in the Northern California health care service. Revenue matters for new arenas, which is why we'll never see the split between Chase and Oracle, especially with the extra $1.5 billion spent for state-of-the-art facilities if you're unwilling to divorce yourself off from a venue that's already 40 years old despite 1996 renovations and upgradings in favor of richer SF. And getting to Oracle from the BART station is a challenge.

    We got our first Chase Center events announced: Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony opens things on September 9 reuniting and performing with special appearance by SFS Musical Director, Michael Tilson Thomas, and conducted by Edwin Outwater, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their Grammy Award-winning “Symphony and Metallica” (S&M) album that kicks off Reveal Week. The show will be produced by Live Nation Entertainment and Another Planet Entertainment. First Golden St. Warriors home game at Chase will be against (sadly) the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire in a preseason game October 5 as their first professional basketball game in San Francisco since January 29, 1971, when the Warriors defeated the Buffalo Braves, 106-100, at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium. Sacramento would be better, for instance, in keeping with the Northern California NBA rivalry:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/03/18/i...isco-symphony/
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/03/23/f...rs-game-oct-5/

    NBC Bay Area's Jessica Aguirre takes a construction tour at Chase with Warriors COO Rick Welts. Also notes the practice/training and the playing courts will be together after being miles apart. Chase will also have 1000 less seats than the Oakland Coliseum Arena but be more intimate:
    https://youtu.be/EUKjQvKXEDE

    GSW continues on with its longtime partnership with Ticketmaster ahead of its Chase Center opening as the ticket company "will power venue and ticketing technology of Chase Center, the Golden State Warriors, the Santa Cruz Warriors, the Warriors’ G League team, and will be Proud Partners of the Warriors Esports affiliates, the Golden Guardians and Warriors Gaming Squad" as well as being a Chase Center founding partner. Look for greater emphasis on digital e-ticketing tech and access control with innovative technology and platforms upon its opening like Presence and SafeTix:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/06/10/w...-chase-center/

    The orange Fiserv Forum rooftop signage, commonplace with many arenas and domes nowdays, expected in September containing orange LED lighting to be seen at night and will be giant:
    https://www.jsonline.com/story/money...er/1212612001/
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/05/29/f...-by-september/

    Atlanta's State Farm Arena earns the gold LEED certification:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/06/20/s...certification/

    Indiana governor Eric Holcomb signed related legislation and funds for the Indianapolis' Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers, to have a $270 million major renovations project while the Pacers extends its lease to 25 years with the option to extend for three additional years. Upgrades are to be both inside and outside the arena, with an exterior public plaza and more social gathering spaces on the interior, and renovated suites among the current plans, like Cleveland is doing with Rocket Mortage Arena. Major renovations would take place over three phases beginning in February 2020 and concluding in October 2022 that will cause the WNBA's Indiana Fever to get temporarily displaced. But won't interfere with much of the NBA season like the 2021 NBA All-Star Weekend. Was passed overwhelmingly by the Indiana General Assembly and also for the potential building of a proposed soccer stadium for the Indy Eleven:
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/04/24/i...rades-funding/
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/05/01/i...ovation-funds/
    https://arenadigest.com/2019/06/25/f...indiana-fever/

    Next season a new orange OKC "statement" jersey that resembles a very much like (but not exactly) the 2017-18 navy blue statement one with the OKC wordmark in royal blue and a white outline hits. The navy blue version may get repurposed as a new City uniform:
    http://news.sportslogos.net/2019/06/...-city-thunder/
    Last edited by Durbansandshark; 28-06-2019 at 07:26 AM.
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