Angels End Lease Talks With Anaheim Barclays Center Not Yet Fit For Islanders Games Red Wings Break Ground On Arena Project Colorado State Stadium Falling Short Tickets Up Big For Yanks-Sox, Jeter Farewell Ole Miss, Mississippi State Upgrading Facilities Facility Notes Warriors' "Toilet" Arena Design A Work In Progress Duke's Wallace Wade Set For More Upgrades NHL Panthers Preparing For Small Crowds
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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).