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FAN FRIENDLY VENUES TAKING SHAPE FOR PANTHERS AND D'BACKS
Published August 27, 1996
The Panthers proposed new home in Sunrise, FL is "shaping up to be a fan-friendly arena unlike any in North America," according to Larry Lebowitz in the Ft. Lauderdale SUN SENTINEL. Among features planned: outdoor food courts with views of the Everglades; wiring of seats for future technological advances, such as individual TVs and computers; a "record number" of restrooms and seats that will put fans closer to the ice. The "biggest hurdles" remaining are highway access, parking spaces and budget concerns (Ft. Lauderdale SUN SENTINEL, 8/26). BANK ONE: When the Diamondbacks begin play in Bank One Ballpark in '98, they will be attending not only a stadium, but "part museum and part high-tech showplace," according to Ken Weston of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. Among the attractions at the complex "being dubbed Fox Sports Diamondtown," will be baseball memorabilia, 10 "huge" video walls and as many as 150 TV monitors. Interactive kiosks will be set up, enabling fans to tap into nostalgia video and the Internet. D'Back officials are predicting "as many as 500,000 people will pass through the stadium just on tours." Ten of the D'Backs largest corporate sponsors, including America West, Bank One, Checker Auto, Circle K and Miller Brewing, will sponsor a zone in Diamondtown (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 8/27).