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Tailgating and ticket-scalping will not be allowed at the National Car Rental Center, the NHL Panthers' new arena (SUN-SENTINEL, 9/17). In Miami, Julie Kay reported that while tailgating violates Sunrise city codes, the "unofficial reason" for not allowing tailgating is because the team "want fans to buy food inside the arena" (MIAMI HERALD, 9/16)....In Charlotte, Tony Mecia reported the New Arena Committee, a citizen's committee evaluating a possible new Hornets arena, proposed a two-day November trip to visit new arenas in DC, Philadelphia and Cleveland -- using the Hornets' private plane. Mecia wrote that some City Council members say "they're troubled by the possible involvement of the Hornets in a citizen-driven process that could benefit the team financially." The cost of the trip is estimated at $17,000 to $20,000 (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/16).
Fans attending Mariners' games at the new Safeco Field next season will "be surrounded by information" due to a "huge new-technology" video scoreboard in centerfield and an "even larger" matrix scoreboard next to it, according to Bob Sherwin of the SEATTLE TIMES. Ten other electronic boards throughout the stadium will show fans video highlights, graphic presentations of player information, out-of-town scores and highlights and pitch selection and speed. Daktronics Inc., which will install the $7.7M system, has scoreboards at 13 other MLB parks, but none with this type of "integrated video and information system." The 26-by-46- foot video screen above centerfield will be 32% larger than the Kingdome's and will "be powered by 80,000 watts through light-emitting diodes" and include shades of blue and green that will "allow the video to show more than 1.7 million shades of color." Daktronics CEO Al Kurtenbach: "[It will be] better than your typical TV set and formatted to accept the high-resolution TV when that technology is perfected in two or three years." The entire scoreboard will be 56' high and 190' wide, with most of it being "covered with advertising" (Bob Sherwin, SEATTLE TIMES, 9/16).