SBD/Issue 147/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

NFL: In New Orleans, Ed Anderson reported, "Calling it a step toward keeping the Saints in New Orleans, the [LA State] Senate voted Wednesday to allow Superdome officials to sell naming rights to the stadium." As the Super Bowl and the first two rounds of the South Region of the NCAA men's basketball tournament are set to be held in the facility next year, it is a "good time to sell the naming rights, which should fetch" $2.5-5M per year for the Saints. State negotiators are "trying to get the Saints to commit to a 20- or 25-year contract" to remain at the stadium (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 4/26)....In Milwaukee, Meg Jones notes part of the payment for Packers license plates in WI will be used "to pay for maintenance and operating costs for the renovation" of Lambeau Field. Officials estimate that 30,000-150,000 of the license plates will be sold (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 4/27)....SD-based Daktronics has been chosen to provide an integrated video, scoring, information and advertising display system for CMGI Field. The deal is valued at about $7M (Daktronics).

MLB: Two developers "expressing interest in building Ballpark Village" — an entertainment, retail and housing district around a potential new ballpark for the MLB Cardinals — is "not enough to sway" MO Gov. Bob Holden, who called the Cardinals' ballpark proposal "inadequate" and "questionable." While Holden's staff has been "meeting daily with Cardinals officials," he "again refused to commit state help for the project unless the Cardinals address his demands" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 4/27)....Giants Exec VP Larry Baer "bristled at the suggestion the honeymoon might be over [for Pac Bell Park] and that the new-park novelty has waned ever so slightly." Baer: "If the honeymoon was over, we'd have seen a drop in group sales." Group sales were up this season over last (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 4/26).

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