SBD/Issue 163/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

Soldiers Interested In Naming-Rights Deal

FOOTBALL: In this week's SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, Terry Lefton reports that the a $1.5M-a-year offer made by the U.S. Army to call the Bears' renovated stadium U.S. Army Stadium at Soldier Field was rejected. Lefton writes, "The talks never got too far along since the Bears felt they could never sell the idea to city fathers. Wouldn't any marketing effort to aid Army enlistment be welcomed by the same people who cherish the Soldier Field name? We'll never know" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 5/19 issue)....USA TODAY's Larry Weisman notes an in-stadium laser system of marking the first-down line "may get its tryout in college football rather than the NFL, possibly as soon as this autumn." First Down Laser Systems Developer Alan Amron said that his "preferred setup time for `optimal' testing of the system is about two months `to make sure everything is perfect' and the cost ($300,000-500,000) a stadium would be borne by sponsors" (USA TODAY, 5/19)....Loudoun Co. (VA) County Administrator Kirby Bowers said that the county "intends to approve the Redskins' request to host camp at their regular season training facility" in Ashburn. County officials "want the Redskins to address a few issues relating to the traffic that will be created" (WASHINGTON POST, 5/17).

GETTING AHEAD: In Dallas, Richard Alm noted that tourist taxes financing the American Airlines Center "are generating enough revenue to create a comfortable surplus" of $16.5M in collections from hotel and rental-car taxes that back 30-year arena bonds. Alm noted that "if the trend continues, the city will be able to pay off the debt ahead of the" 2028 due date, "just as Arlington did with the" Rangers' ballpark (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/17).

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