SBD/Issue 82/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

Fleet Senior VP/Corporate Affairs James Mahoney said that the bank, its merger partner Bank of America, and Delaware North Cos., "definitely" want a new name by this summer. FleetCenter & Bruins Exec VP Charles Jacobs: "We'd like to have a new sign up before the [Democratic National Convention]. That's a goal" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/17).

CONSTRUCTION: The Cardinals broke ground Saturday on their $387.5M ballpark and announced to the "300 or so" attendees that the seats in the new ballpark will be red, not green. The team "left it up to fans in an online vote, with red being the favored color by a 6-to-1 ratio" (Doug Moore ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH, 1/18)....The New Memphis Arena Public Building Authority on Friday approved a new, lower "fixed price amount" for construction of FedExForum. It came a month after project officials and politicians "lauded a 'final guaranteed maximum price'" for the construction (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 1/17).

OFFICE SPACE: In Charlotte, Richard Rubin reports the Charlotte Coliseum "will be sold and turned into a 154-acre combination of office buildings, apartments and shops, according to a plan the Charlotte City Council will consider Tuesday." The site would not "change hands until early 2006," because the NBA expansion Bobcats will play there for the '04-05 season (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 1/19).

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