SBD/Issue 90/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

In Minneapolis, Patrick Reusse reports the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (MSFC) announced an agreement with the Vikings to build a terrace suite in the Metrodome’s right-field corner, which will duplicate one built in left field last year. The Vikings will “benefit $750,000 in the rental deal and also receive the revenue from high-priced seats in a second luxury suite.” The agreement calls for the Vikings’ rent for suite space “to be reduced from $900,000 to $400,000, and for an increase in the team’s concession take from 10 to 15[%] starting in 2006.” The Twins and the MSFC have yet to reach an agreement for usage of the luxury suites (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/27).

NO MULTI-LATERAL TALKS: Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said that the agreement the Penguins have with Isle of Capri Casinos for a new arena “prevents the team from discussing alternatives with state and local leaders.” Rendell: “That leaves us at a serious disadvantage because we want to try to develop a Plan B to save the Penguins and to build the arena. But you can’t negotiate with yourself and obviously there has to be participation by the team.” Penguins Senior Consultant for Special Projects David Morehouse said that local and state politicians “have had plenty of time to discuss other plans” (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 1/27).

RACE TO THE FINISH: Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) will provide free audio podcasts to fans. The podcasts, titled Texas Motor Speedway’s Total Access Today, feature driver interviews and TMS news, and will be hosted by Brad Gillie. The podcasts will be available twice a week during the race season and can be downloaded from TMS’ official Web site, iTunes and Yahoo.com. TMS said it is the first major motorsports facility to do provide such a service (TMS)....Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) for $300 is selling fans the right to sponsor one of 325 laps during the NASCAR Nextel Cup Golden Corral 500 on March 19. Fans will have their names and lap number printed in the program if bought before February 17 and receive two pre-race pit passes and a commemorative certificate. The package also includes two tickets to the weekend’s Busch and Craftsman Truck races (AMS).

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