Sports Centers: Are you ready for some public transit? The Metropolitan Transit Authority is gearing up for Super Bowl XLVIII. Working with New Jersey Transit, Amtrak, and New York Waterways, MTA is planning to host some 400,000 football fans, including 80,000 lucky Super Bowl attendees. The first big accomplishment in the run-up to what people (transit nerds, anyway) are calling the Mass Transit Super Bowl is a regional transit diagram, which MTA claims is the first of its kind. [MTA]


Speaking of football and transit (as we always are, right?), the future home of the San Francisco 49ers will not be able to host Monday Night Football (or its lesser cousin, Thursday Night Football). Levi’s Stadium can’t accommodate the weeknight parking, according to reports. Designed by HNTB, the stadium can’t handle a fraction of the 68,500 San Francisco fans who would like to park at the stadium after work for weeknight games. Santa Clara authorities had planned on local businesses stepping up to provide more parking spaces. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Last post about football, promise, but here’s an explainer on why the 49ers’ new stadium won’t be louder than the acoustically might venue for the Seattle Seahawks. In short: That stadium was designed to be magnificently loud, and this one isn’t. [Sacramento Bee]

Okay, just one more: The Minneapolis Planning and Zoning Committee voted in favor of demolishing the Star Tribune building, a city fixture for over 90 years. The developer plans to make a public park as part of its proposed $400 million mixed-use development near the new Vikings stadium. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

More News:

Bjarke Ingels Group is heading to Harlem. This report has BIG designing more than 200 apartments for a 200,000-square-foot residential project. [New York Post]

The firm behind Christchurch’s cardboard cathedral has also created a cardboard pavilion in Abu Dhabi. [Designboom]

The Telegraph presents ten of the “optimistic” plans for British soccer stadiumssome of which were never constructed and some that are in the works. [The Telegraph]

Texas architects who apply for an occupational license in the state must soon be fingerprinted. Texas House Bill 1717, passed earlier this year, requires new applicants and registered architects seeking renewed registrations to provide a set of fingerprints. Starting in 2014, violators will face a fine of up to $5,000 a day in which they are not in compliance with the law. [The Atlantic Cities]

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point selected Madison, Wisc.-based firm Potter Lawson to design a $75 million science building, the first free-standing building at the campus in over 40 years. [Stevens Point Journal]

The 108-year old Carnegie Library building in Syracuse may be converted into an office building for city officials. Onondaga County officials say a $3.4 million renovation will save the county over $600,000 per year in rent paid to private landlords. The library, built in 1908, was funded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie. [The Post-Standard]

Developer John Kirtland plans a $40 million redevelopment of two historic Dallas skyscrapers. The public park and parking garage would replace the vacant Corrigan Tower and the Tower Petroleum Building. [Dallas Business Journal]

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