SBD/Issue 144/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

In AZ, Barrett Marson reports the city of Mesa and the AZ Tourism & Sports Authority "reached a tentative agreement [yesterday] on how to cover costs associated with" the Cardinals' proposed stadium, "paving the way for a final deal to be wrapped up by the end of the week" (EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE, 4/16)

Scoreboard Lettering Is Tough
On Catchers
....In Chicago, Toni Ginnetti wrote the new center-field batter's eye at Comiskey Park "is getting good marks from hitters, but there's a problem for catchers. The large `Miller Time' advertisement across the bottom of the scoreboard is making things tough for catchers, who are having problems seeing the ball thrown home against the white lettering of the sign" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/15)....In FL, John Bozzo reported former MLBer Cal Ripken "could join in the design work of the" $18M historic renovation of Jackie Robinson Ballpark, as Friends of Daytona Baseball is negotiating with Ripken Baseball subsidiary Ripken Management & Design (D.B. NEWS-JOURNAL, 4/15)....In Baltimore, Bill Free writes while a naming rights fee for Towson Univ.'s new $28M sports complex "has not been determined," acting President Dan Jones "is placing a lot of confidence in" Towson VP/University Advancement Gary Rubin "to complete the project" (Baltimore SUN, 4/16).

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