SBD/Issue 57/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

’04 Democratic Convention
Event Headed For Fenway

'04 Democratic National Convention Chair Bill Richardson said yesterday that Fenway Park will host an event as part of the July 26-29 convention at FleetCenter. The nature of the Fenway event will "remain a `surprise' for now." Also, the Yankees conclude a series in Boston against the Red Sox July 25, and organizers "are discussing purchasing blocks of tickets for convention delegates" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/4).

QUIET PLEASE: In Sacramento, Ailene Voisin reported NBA Kings Co-Owners Joe and Gavin Maloof "have banned the excessive use" of artificial fan prompts, following "repeated complaints" from season ticket holders. Arco Arena Events Manager Wendy Fresques: "We're only going to do it if an opponent goes on a 15-0 run or we need something to rev up our crowd. Otherwise, we are going to avoid them completely." But Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban said of his team's approach, "If you can hear the sneakers squeak, we have messed up big-time" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 12/3).

NOTES: The name "George's Grill" has been dropped from the restaurant at HP Pavilion, which was named for original Sharks Owner George Gund. Last year's ownership change — Gund remains a minority investor in the club — "combined with the renaming of the arena ... made the timing right for the move." The restaurant is now called "The Grill at HP Pavilion" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 12/3)....CFL Tiger-Cats Owner Bob Young pledged C$2M toward the installation of a state-of-the-art video scoreboard at Ivor Wynne Stadium in time for the '04 CFL season (CP, 12/4).

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