City Of Oakland Faces Tough Raiders Decision Red Sox' Lucchino Stepping Down Orlando City Unveils 25,500-Stadium Plan Populous To Design New DC United Stadium Marlins Have Veto Power Over Proposed MLS Stadium 49ers Continue To Have Sod Issues At Levi's Stadium Blackhawks Building New Practice Facility Manfred: Court Ruling Won't End MASN Case Jax Mayor Wants Financial Assurance For Shipyards TCU Basketball To Play In Schollmaier Arena
SBD/Issue 222/Facilities & Venues
Published August 15, 2006
BOARD GAMES: The CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL’s Erik Spanberg reported Bank of America Stadium now has “graphics-message boards added on each side of the seating bowl at a cost” of $2M. The boards extend from goal line to goal line “between the stadium’s 300 and 400 seating levels.” Panthers Stadium LLC President Jon Richardson said that he “hopes to have new video scoreboards installed in time for the 2008 season,” a project that would cost $10M and “likely double the size” of the current 24-by-32-foot scoreboards (CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL, 8/11 issue).
HIDE & SEEK: In Boston, Gordon Edes notes Red Sox Owner John Henry and Chair Tom Werner were “poking around” behind the garage door in center field at Fenway Park during Saturday’s Orioles-Red Sox game, “investigating the site of a proposed ballpark restaurant, when the door started to rise.” Henry: “I didn’t think anyone would notice” (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/15).
ON TRACK: CBS’ “Evening News” last night examined the use of synthetic racing surfaces at horse racing tracks in the U.S. CBS’ Sharon Alfonsi said the Polytrack surface at Kentucky’s Turfway Park cost about $8M, but “the payoff has been huge.” California racing officials “are so impressed” with the surface, they are “mandating synthetics be installed in all five of their parks by next year.” However, “critics say creating a sterile track takes away from the art of picking a horse. They say it might save the horses, but ruin the game.” But Keeneland Association CEO Nick Nicholson said, “It’s utterly impossible to do what’s best for the horse and ruin the game” (CBS, 8/14).