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Arena & Stadium Development

When it comes to sports venues, we know the score.

Arenas and stadiums are complex, high-profile projects that receive intense scrutiny from a wide variety of community stakeholders. Husch Blackwell’s arena and stadium experience spans all five major sports leagues and minor leagues as well, giving us the insight, skills and experience to steer clients through these politically charged projects with a steady hand.

Our Arena & Stadium Development team structures, negotiates and documents deals for clients across the United States. We work closely with community leaders, owners, architects, engineers and financial advisors to address every aspect of a stadium or arena development project, from financing and land acquisition to intellectual property and community benefits. We also have experience representing client interests before state and local governments, paving the way for these iconic city symbols to become community touchpoints.

  • Representing an NFL hockey franchise in its efforts to secure public financing for a comprehensive renovation of its NFL Hockey and other events venue.
  • Represent the City of Stockton, California, in lease negotiations with the Stockton Thunder ECHL affiliate.
  • Assisted in construction of the Savvis Center, home of the St. Louis Blues. The arena is now known as Scottrade Center.
Case Study
Washington State Major League Baseball Public Facilities District

The owner of T-Mobile Park turned to Husch Blackwell to strike a new agreement with the Mariners.

White Papers | July 26, 2018
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News Releases | November 11, 2019
Kevin Kelley Named as 2019 Sports & Entertainment Law Trailblazer by National Law Journal

Kelley was recognized for his participation in some of the most high-profile sports facilities deals of the past decade.

Media Mentions | August 22, 2018
Governing: Even When Teams Pay, Stadiums Still Aren't Free for Cities

Kevin Kelley is quoted in an article on a growing trend: cities bettering their efforts to address stadium quality and maintenance expectations upfront.

Testimonials Chambers USA 2018

“The lawyers are more than just advisors, they are partners in achieving our goals. They are always extremely knowledgeable and exceptionally effective.”

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Testimonials Executive Director, Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (PFD) and Owner of T-Mobile Park

“Kevin Kelley and Andrea Austin were outstanding – pro sports facility deals are complex and tough to negotiate, and they were on top of every nuance. Their deep understanding of the issues and how to navigate both the public sector’s priorities and market realities in pro sports helped us achieve a huge win for Seattle baseball fans and the broader community. I would want them on my team every time.”

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Testimonials Chambers USA 2019

"The team is noted for its work on the financing and operation of sports facilities, as well as the full range of issues affecting mixed-use developments and clients in the railroad, healthcare and hospitality sectors."

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Client Results

P3 spreads risks and benefits of new Milwaukee Bucks arena

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