Venue News: Olympic Stadium Architect Sees Multi-sport Future for Building

Philip Johnson, architect of London’s Olympic Stadium, believes the stadium should be used for a number of different sporting events and sees no clear reason why that could not be achieved. His vision goes against various bids made by soccer clubs for use of the stadium, which have subsequently collapsed. Earlier this week, the government confirmed the deal to award West Ham the Olympic Stadium after London 2012 had fallen through, amid the Olympic Park Legacy Company’s (OPLC) concerns their legal dispute with Tottenham was taking too long. The OPLC, government, and mayor of London instead agreed the stadium would remain in public ownership and be rented out, with West Ham applying to be a tenant…

…The Buffalo Sabres’ remodeled locker room and players’ facilities at newly renamed First Niagara Center are now completed and ready for the team’s home opener this Friday. The Sabres spent between $6 and $10 million to renovate the home locker room. About 300 construction workers spent 12 weeks to complete the project. In addition to the locker room, the team built the players a new lounge, complete with four flat-panel TVs, a video wall, a kitchen, and even a fireplace. According to team management, luxury locker rooms like this are becoming the norm throughout the league in order to attract new, desirable players to the market. The coaches offices were also renovated…

…Pauley Pavilion, home of the UCLA men’s basketball team for the past 46 years is closed for the season. While Pauley undergoes major renovations from top to bottom, the Bruins will be on the road all season. Their new, temporary home will be the LA Sports Arena for 12 games and the Honda Center in Anaheim for four. UCLA played a game at the Sports Arena in 2006, but the venue hasn’t been used on a regular basis since the LA Clippers left for Staples Center in 1999. The Forum in Inglewood was considered, but because of traffic concerns, was not selected.