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CONCACAF has unveiled the stadium lineup for the ’05 Gold Cup. The event takes place July 6-24, with the championship held July 24 at Giants Stadium. Following is a complete list of venues (CONCACAF):
VENUE LOCATION The Home Depot Center Carson, CA Giants Stadium East Rutherford, NJ Gillette Stadium Foxboro, MA Reliant Stadium Houston L.A. Coliseum L.A. Orange Bowl Miami Qwest Field Seattle
THEY HAVE LIFT-OFF: In Houston, Glenn Davis writes the city’s selection “caps a remarkable 20 months of international soccer for Houston and Reliant Stadium,” which hosted several games involving national teams from the U.S. and Mexico as well as top pro clubs during that period (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 1/27). In Boston, Frank Dell’Apa notes that the event has “never been conducted in more than three cities” (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/27).
Cubs Expanding Den After Alderman
Approves Bleacher Plans
The Cubs’ revised plan to build 1,790 new bleacher seats at Wrigley Field – “without the sidewalk support columns area residents consider unsafe – won the pivotal endorsement” of Alderman Tom Tunney “after the team threw in a few more neighborhood sweeteners,” according to Fran Spielman of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. The Cubs agreed to create a 7,000-10,000-square-foot neighborhood park and pay for a “new trolley service that would pick up fans at Michigan Avenue hotels and take them to Wrigley.” Tunney said that the team also “pledged to create a second remote parking lot if the need arises.” Spielman reports Tunney in return will “sign on to the bleacher expansion” and the team’s plan “to develop city-owned land next to the stadium into a parking garage, restaurant and Cubs hall of fame. All that remains is for City Hall and the Cubs to negotiate a final purchase price.” Tunney added that the cost of the neighborhood park “would be in addition to the $3.3[M] price tag – or whatever amount the two sides ultimately agree upon – for land.” Tunney: “I think we’ve come to a compromise that preserves the integrity of the view and the historic nature of the stadium” (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 1/27).
Giants’ Stadium Talks With New
Jersey Hit Major Roadblocks
Plans for a new $700M Giants stadium has stalled with the team and New Jersey officials “deadlocked on several issues, including how much the team should pay in rent,” according to Matthew Futterman of the Newark STAR-LEDGER. The state delivered its first proposal in over a month, asking the Giants to pay over $6M per year to lease the land on which the stadium would be built. The team’s last formal offer was $1 annually. The state also indicated for the first time that it would give the Giants control of the management and operations of the stadium. Meanwhile, the Giants “remain concerned that increased traffic” from the planned $1.3B Xanadu retail and entertainment complex will worsen congestion on football Sundays, and therefore have not given their approval of the project. The NJSEA is counting on revenue from Xanadu to “pay off a substantial amount of debt on the existing stadium.” Giants Exec VP & COO John Mara: “I’m not sure we’re making progress. If anything we might be going backwards. I’m not sure where we go from here” (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 1/27). In New Jersey, John Brennan cites two sources as saying that Giants execs “also were angered by an attempt by [NJSEA Chair] Carl Goldberg to determine for the Giants where the team should build” the stadium within the Meadowlands Sports Complex (Bergen RECORD, 1/27).
Double Dip: Florida Legislature Looking
Into Huizenga’s Tax Break
Florida state Senate President Tom Lee suggested that he would “like to stop Wayne Huizenga from receiving millions in tax breaks for refurbishing” Dolphins Stadium for the Marlins because the team is leaving the ballpark and “is seeking a $60[M] subsidy identical to what” Huizenga receives, according to Caputo & Klas of the MIAMI HERALD. Lee: “I really want to look into how that was done, in what context it was done and what promises were made. But there are allegations developing that (getting a new subsidy) would essentially represent a double-dip by the Marlins.” Huizenga through a spokesperson said that he will “fight in court if the Legislature tries to take” away his subsidy. Lee: “We’ve received phone calls from the Devil Rays and everybody who would like to get on that bandwagon if they could. And the well here in Florida is only so deep” (MIAMI HERALD, 1/27). Lee told Marlins President David Samson that he would make an “honest effort” to help the team stay in Florida, but added, “We’re not going to pay twice.” Lee: “We don’t need the liability of people standing up and saying, ‘We already paid once, how are we going to recover that money?’” (Sarah Talalay, SUN-SENTINEL, 1/27).
MONEYBALL: With the Marlins signing 1B Carlos Delgado to a four-year, $52M deal the largest contract in team history –- state Sen. Alex Villalobos said, “Anytime you throw around that kind of money, it raises a question of why they don’t pay for the stadium themselves.” In Miami, Barry Jackson notes the Marlins claim to have lost over $20M with a $52M payroll in ’04. In September, Samson said that Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria’s appetite for “continuing to lose that amount of cash is dwindling.” But Jackson writes that since November, the Marlins “have added more than $90[M] in salary commitments for this season and beyond, in addition to agreeing to guarantee the last three years and $25.5[M] of [3B] Mike Lowell’s contract” (MIAMI HERALD, 1/27).
BOX OFFICE DRAW: MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reported that after announcing the signing of Delgado on Tuesday, the Marlins yesterday “sold about $150,000 in various season-ticket packages, which is five times the amount for a normal day” (MLB.com, 1/26).