In an interview with Golf Channel, Golf Channel executive and CEO Jim Dickson confirmed that a few courses on the National Mall in Washington, DC, are currently undergoing some sort of renovation or expansion, which could be the beginning of a new era in the industry.
Dickson noted that the National Golf Club of New York, which sits on the east side of the park, will have a “major, major expansion” and the National Football Stadium will have “a major, major re-design.”
The NFL’s stadium has been undergoing renovations and renovation projects for years, but this time, Dickson says, the plans will be more focused on the inside of the building, rather than on the exterior.
Dickson added that some of the buildings that will be re-used include the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol Building, the Smithsonian Institution, the American Museum of Natural History, the White House, the Rose Garden, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the Presidential Library, and the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
The renovations and expansions will likely take place over the next several years, and it’s expected that they will result in a “massive increase” in attendance, said Dickson.
However, the renovations may not occur in a single year, but rather be completed over a longer period of time.
Dicksons remarks about the upcoming renovations come on the heels of another major announcement from the NFL this week.
The league has been testing the viability of its technology, called ProFootball Focus, which is being used to track and monitor the performance of all players across the league.
ProFootballFocus, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, is expected to “reformulate the NFL’s officiating department, and will begin with its senior associate referees, which Dickson described as the “next generation of officiating.