SBD/Issue 20/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL’s Don Muret in a special to THE DAILY reports Turner Construction has been awarded the contract to build a $70M stadium for the MLS Chicago Fire in Bridgeview, Illinois. The facility, which will be designed by Rossetti Associates, will have 20,000-25,000 seats and is scheduled to open in ’06 (THE DAILY).

GETTING THEIR FIX? In New Orleans, Anderson & Donze report Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco for the first time on Thursday indicated that she “wants the Saints to contribute to any renovations” of the Superdome. Blanco told the Superdome Commission the “only way I would even entertain making a big investment right now” in renovating the stadium is with help from the club. Blanco during meetings with local officials added that there “seems to be a growing sentiment to renovate the Superdome” as opposed to building a new stadium (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 10/8).

AHEAD OF THE PACE: In Louisville, Marcus Green reports Churchill Downs’ renovation is “slightly ahead of schedule [and] the track plans to open much of the new clubhouse for the fall meet.” The new clubhouse will seat 800 people and feature about 200 TVs on its second floor. Green notes some of the area was previewed briefly during the spring “before being shut down as construction resumed after the Kentucky Derby” (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 10/8).

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