Vivid Seats For Sale For $1.5B F1 Enters New Era in '17 Without Ecclestone Cost Of UNC Scandal Nearing $18M Lundquist Profiled On "Sunday Morning" Warriors Bring Awareness To Fraudulent Tickets Auto Club Speedway Celebrates 20th Anniversary Rule Changes Up For Vote At NFL Meetings Shaq Honored With Staples Center Statue Elite Eight Sites Draw Strong Crowds Source: Raiders Stadium Will Cost $200M Less
SBD/1/Facilities VenuesPrint All
"Millionaire auto racetrack owner" Bruton Smith announced yesterday that he is going to build "the perfect speedway" near Fort Worth at a cost of over $75M. The Texas Motor Speedway will have "initial seating" for 150,000, "with plans to expand to a 270,000 operation." A sports authority will be created to issue bonds that will be sold to "finance purchase of the site and build the speedway." Bill Thornton, VP of Economic Development for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, said the new speedway "has the potential for the same type of impact in every way that a National Football League franchise has" (Smith & Martin, FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/1).
The Georgia Dome has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Justice Dept. in response to new handicap access requirements under the '91 Americans with Disabilities Act and "to complaints that handicapped seating in the Dome is inadequate." If it is accepted, "about 320 prime seats" held by longtime Falcons season ticket-holders "could be lost to disabled football fans." Currently, designated seats for the disabled are in "the last row of certain areas of the lower level and in various locations in the club level." Falcons Dir of Ticket Ops Jack Ragsdale: "We've told them [season ticket-holders] we will move them to the most comparable seats that are available. We've had a couple of calls with people not too happy about it" (Susan Laccetti, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/1).