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Restauranteurs Larry and Mark Levy, whose company Levy Enterprises (LE) "supplies premium concessions" to skyboxes, luxury suites and private clubs in sports arenas around the country, are profiled by Richard Gibson of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. LE's client list, which includes Wrigley Field, Jacobs Field and Arrowhead Stadium, will jump from 14 to 27 "within the next year," and Gibson writes that the "standard" Levy ballpark fare includes "couscous with apricots and currants, not Cracker Jack." LE runs "some of the top dining spots in Chicago," in contrast to its two biggest arena competitors, Aramark Corp. and Sportservice Corp., which are "food-service companies" that also run stadium stands. LE has partnered with Ogden Entertainment, which provides stadium stand fare at LE arenas. Larry Levy sees plenty of "growth possibilities" in sports catering, including college games (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 4/30).
The Washington, DC, Police Department has paid $800,000 in overtime to officers handling security and crowd control outside the new MCI Center. In DC, Cheryl Thompson writes that an agreement between Mayor Marion Barry and Washington Sports Owner Abe Pollin, which "spares" Pollin from having to pay for the officers, has "angered some [DC] officials" (WASHINGTON POST, 4/30)....Greensboro, NC, Mayor Carolyn Allen endorsed the proposed restaurant tax to fund a new ballpark. The vote is in five days (NEWS & RECORD, 4/29). ...Five architectural firms have submitted conceptual designs for the new Mavs/Stars arena. Mavs Owner Ross Perot Jr. said that the five "will be narrowed to two or three finalists within about a month" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/30). ...The Magic and Heat will play a preseason game in Tampa's Ice Palace next season, the facility's first NBA game (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/29)....In Baltimore, Morgan St. will play Delaware St. on October 24 in the Ravens new stadium, marking the facility's first non-Ravens event (SUN, 4/30).