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SBD/Issue 232/Facilities & Venues
Published August 26, 2003
|Darlington’s Final Labor Day Race
Not Selling As Well As Expected
NASCAR: In NC, Mike Mulhern reports that SMI Chair Bruton Smith has "put his New York projects on the back burner, in part because until the Texas [Motor Speedway] case [against ISC and NASCAR over a second Winston Cup date] is resolved, there's little point in cranking up to build a track anywhere." Smith: "I'm not involved anywhere in New York at this time. That doesn't mean we might not revive something" (WINSTON SALEM-JOURNAL, 8/26)....Darlington Raceway President Andrew Gurtis said that ticket sales for Sunday's Southern 500 — the final Labor Day weekend race at the track — "have been slower than expected." A few thousand seats remain, but media requests are triple the number from Darlington's Spring race this year (AP, 8/24).
LAMBEAU: The Packers hosted the Panthers last Saturday, the first game after the completion of the $295M renovation of Lambeau Field. Packers COO John Jones said, "We heard very, very positive comments. For the first game out of the box, the comments were overwhelmingly positive" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 8/26). Packers QB Brett Favre: "I know a lot of teams have upgraded and built new stadiums, but I'm willing to bet there's none better than this" (AP, 8/26). In Milwaukee, architecture critic Whitney Gould noted that the new Lambeau, designed by Ellerbe Becket, is "not the design disaster you might expect," but is "not exactly a breakthrough building. ... Like any work of architecture that can't quite decide what it wants to be, this one makes you wish for more coherence." Gould added that Miller Brewing "gave itself a black eye by slapping enormous red-and-white logos on the upper part of the atrium's glass wall. ... These garish emblems look like cardboard coasters on steroids. They mar the most striking feature of the stadium" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 8/25).
NOT SO GREAT: White Sox P Scott Sullivan, who was traded to the team from the Reds late last week, said of his former team, "With the new stadium opening [Great American Ball Park], we thought the economic situation would be a little different, and it hasn't been that way." The Reds have also traded 3B Aaron Boone to the Yankees, OF Jose Guillen to the A's and P Kent Mercker to the Braves (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 8/23).