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Don Muret

Don Muret covers facilities for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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BBVA Bancomer Stadium Raising Bar For Mexican Soccer Facilities

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 31 / 15

BBVA Bancomer Stadium, the new home of LigaMX side Club Monterrey, opens Sunday with a friendly against Benfica of Portugal. The $200M stadium, designed by Populous, is the most expensive facility built in Mexico and its amenities are on par with NFL facilities, according to project officials. Priva...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Indians find perfect fit in The Corner

The Cleveland Indians have rolled out their long-awaited upgrades to Progressive Field, and a new bar anchoring the renovations in right-center field appears to be a hit. The $26 million project, in the works for more than five years dating to the team’s master plan for improving the 21-yea ...

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04/17/15
SportsBusiness Daily: Vikings Adding Mini Suites To New Stadium

The Vikings are adding 15 mini suites to their new stadium to meet the needs of small and mid-size companies in the Twin Cities. The 10-person units replace three loge lounges that were part of HKS' original design. The cost of each suite will be $150,000 a year. The team is picking up the $1.2M cos ...

04/13/15
SportsBusiness Journal: Ole Miss revs up rewards program

The University of Mississippi has seen a boost in student attendance for sports events after installing beacons across multiple venues on campus. About three years ago, the SEC school launched Rebel Rewards, a loyalty program tied to a mobile application. To earn points toward winning prizes, stu ...

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04/13/15
SportsBusiness Journal: Beacons deliver the message

Travel this road to get to the game faster. Click here for a video welcome from the team owner. Hurry now to Section 101 and get your free T-shirt. Find the shortest line for the women’s restroom. Special price: Hot dogs $2 off through the end of the game. That’s some of the mes ...

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04/13/15
SportsBusiness Journal: 5 Questions: VenueNext CEO

When it comes to driving innovation at sports facilities, VenueNext aims to be in the discussion. The mobile technology firm’s primary financial backer is Aurum Partners, an investment firm owned by the York family, owner of the San Francisco 49ers. Its first sports client is Levi’s Sta ...

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04/13/15
SportsBusiness Journal: Plugged In: Rishi Nigam, Americrown

As vice president of food and beverage for Americrown, Rishi Nigam oversees food service at the 13 tracks owned and operated by International Speedway Corp., including Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR’s signature facility recently entered the final phase of a three-year, $400 million re ...

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04/06/15
SportsBusiness Journal: Vegas arena signs Coke, Toshiba America

AEG has signed Toshiba America Business Solutions and Coca-Cola as founding partners for the Las Vegas arena scheduled to open in 2016. Both are 10-year deals valued in the seven figures annually. They build upon global agreements both firms have, running eight figures a year, across AEG venues t ...

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04/06/15
SportsBusiness Journal: Breaking Ground: Padres sign sponsor

T he San Diego Padres have branded some retrofits at Petco Park tied to $15 million worth of upgrades in left field. The team had signed a deal with a sponsor for the largest space, a new group hospitality area beneath the ballpark’s ne ...

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04/06/15
SportsBusiness Journal: Plugged In: Nick Cienski, Under Armour

Under Armour is a brand founded on innovation. As UA’s senior director of innovation, Nick Cienski is part of a staff dedicated to making that concept part of the corporate culture. Meantime, he’s taking some time off to test some new UA equipment and raise awareness on human traffickin ...

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04/01/15
SportsBusiness Daily: Royals To Debut Craft Beer Bar

The Royals will debut a new craft beer bar at Kauffman Stadium this season. “Craft and Draft” replaces the old .390 Club in the left-field corner on the ballpark’s loge level. Between 80-100 season tickets will be sold for the space, including for tiered seating at the front of the ...

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