SBD/Issue 89/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

Washington state House Finance Committee Chair Jim McIntire sponsored legislation Wednesday that would “extend the restaurant and hotel taxes originally enacted to build Safeco Field to help upgrade” KeyArena. State Senate Ways & Means Committee Chair Margarita Prentice, a former Sonics season-ticket holder, has also “initiated a tax extension bill” for the arena. The developments “come as a task force looking at Seattle Center finances recommended a $200[M] remodeling of KeyArena,” although Marianne Bichsel, a spokesperson for Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, said that Nickels “is not ready to endorse or reject the recommendation” (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 1/26).

Toyota Center To Receive State
And Local Funds For Upgrades
DRESSING UP: The HOUSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL’s Jenna Colley reports the Toyota Center and George R. Brown Convention Center will receive a total of $4.5M in state and local money for facility upgrades in preparation for next month’s NBA All-Star Game. According to city records, the money will be used to “fulfill various obligations under the host city license agreement between NBA Entertainment and Houston Host Committee Inc.,” in addition to “other related costs, such as security” (HOUSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/23).

TAXMAN: In Dallas, Eric Aasen reports the Irving City Council plans to call an election in May to “let voters decide whether to give the council the option of levying up to a 10[%] ticket tax and a $3-per-vehicle tax on” Cowboys fans starting this fall. The city also wants to “impose up to a $5,000 fee per game on each team member, which would probably be a first in Texas.” Tax proceeds would be used to develop the Texas Stadium land once the Cowboys move to Arlington in ’09 (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/26).

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