SBD/Issue 84/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

Jets’ Proposed West Side
Stadium Cramping MSG’s Style

CRAIN'S N.Y. BUSINESS reported, "Insiders say the management of Madison Square Garden is considering announcing that it is opposed to a Jets stadium on Manhattan's far West Side. The two venues would sit just four blocks apart, and MSG executives believe that a new stadium would siphon off events." One source said, "The feeling is that there isn't enough demand at all and that the stadium would compete" (CRAIN'S N.Y. BUSINESS, 1/19).

CHARLOTTE: Lowe's Motor Speedway will spend over $6M on improvements to the infield, including a new media center, bathrooms and showers, a new Busch garage, new concessions and souvenir shop, catering area and a new Victory Lane (THE DAILY)....The Charlotte City Council yesterday unanimously approved a redevelopment plan for the Charlotte Coliseum which calls for a mix of offices, housing and shopping. Crescent Resources — Duke Energy's land-development arm — as part of the funding for a new arena promised to pay $24M for the site. But the "company wanted more office development than the council allowed, leaving open the question of how much Crescent will bid" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 1/21).

GIMME SHELTER: As the retractable roof at Reliant Stadium will be closed during the Super Bowl regardless of conditions, ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said, "I like it open because if you're going to build a stadium with a retractable roof you build it so you have the option of — hello? — opening the roof. If it's 60 degrees and clear on Super Bowl Sunday in Houston they should open the roof. ... They have a flyover. You can't see the flyover if the roof is closed" ("PTI," ESPN, 1/20).

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