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Published September 14, 1994
Soldier Field officials unrolled the first shipment of 6,000 feet of new sod to repair the "overused, exhausted" field for the Bears home game this Sunday. American Sod Corp. President George Brandt said "it will take time" for the field to recover from heavy use during the World Cup and concerts this summer. Soldier Field Stadium Manager Jim Dugan is "praying for no rain" which would make the field much more vulnerable during the game (Peter Baniak, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/14)....The purchase of the IHL's Detroit Vipers "fits snugly" with Pistons owner William Davidson's strategy to keep The Palace at Auburn Hills "busy." Davidson acquired the Vipers by buying the IHL Salt Lake City franchise in April for $5M, and moved them to The Palace. Besides filling dates at The Palace, Pistons President Tom Wilson notes that IHL franchises have jumped in value 20-fold in the past four years, and the Vipers could average 10,000 in attendance this season and be profitable in their first year (David Barkholz, CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS, 9/5-11 issue)....Susan King of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission said that although the Metrodome will lose as much as $600,000 in revenue from the Twins, they will still have more than $12-$13M for improvements. King told THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY: "The Metrodome is the only publicly owned stadium in the nation. The money we have is through profits that will be used to do major expansion on the building" (THE DAILY, 9/13). The Commission is also in "serious negotiations with the city of Bloomington to sell the Met Center for between $15-20M, with the final price to be determined by an arbitrator" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/13).