Venue News: Baltimore Ravens Unveil Stadium Upgrades; Additional Details on Proposed Wrigley Field Renovation Revealed

The Baltimore Ravens’ 2014 preseason opener last Thursday against San Francisco was the first time fans could see the results of a two-year, $35 million dollar renovation to M&T Bank Stadium that centered on concourse features and audio-visual upgrades, writes The Baltimore Sun. New improvements for the 2014 seasons include the addition of four 6-foot by 22-foot LED screens to the upper level concourses, streamlined concession services across the stadium, and renovated the upper-level concession stands…

…Once the Cubs finish renovating Wrigley Field, some of the most luxurious seats at the historic stadium may not even come with a view of the field, writes the Chicago Tribune. As part of its four-year, $575 million overhaul of the stadium and surrounding area, the team wants to build “bunker suites” below the stands near the Cubs dugout and down the third base line, according to plans the team filed with the city. The three suites are shown on architectural drawings and described in an eight-page document summarizing the team’s bleachers revisions and construction phases…

…Promoting products to iPhone users using Apple’s wireless location-based iBeacon technology is a fine line, as professional sports teams try to provide helpful information to fans to sell more goods without pestering and annoying them, writes Apple Insider. Reaching the right balance has been an issue for the National Football League as well as Boston-based Kraft Sports Group. Sports teams hope that iBeacons will allow them to sell more goods and services by targeting interested users, but they also realize overdoing it could potentially turn customers off of iBeacon-based marketing entirely…

…Cellular service providers have made significant improvements to Michigan Stadium this off-season in an attempt to catch up with an ever-growing demand, writes MLive. The International Champions Cup soccer match on Saturday, Aug. 2, was the University of Michigan’s first test of its updated cellular capacity. Providers reported an increase in cellular traffic six-times the capacity of football games last season. Verizon and AT&T each had the cellular capacity equivalent of two towers last football season. As of Saturday, both had the capacity of four towers and plan to further expand to seven inside the stadium this season…

…The people of Athens were promised that hosting the 2004 Olympics would leave them an inspiring legacy, but exactly ten years on, the Olympic site lies empty, left to decay in the Greek heat. The 2004 Games became the most expensive there had ever been after the original budget doubled to around £7 billion. Not long afterwards, Greece was crippled by the global financial crisis. With the country’s economy nose-diving, the idea of maintaining the costly venues was abandoned. BuzzFeed shows how the Athens 2004 Olympics site is being left to rot ten years after the Games.