SBD/Issue 25/Facilities & Venues

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  • State Official Blasts MSG Owners For Opposing Train Station

    Gargano Says Dolans Blocking
    Moynihan Train Station Project

    Empire State Development Corp. Chair Charles Gargano yesterday “blasted” Cablevision President & CEO Jim Dolan and Chair Charles Dolan, who own Madison Square Garden (MSG), “for blocking approval of the $900[M] Moynihan train station, charging that they want the Farley Post Office site for a new sports complex that would be built for free,” according to Tom Topousis of the N.Y. POST. Gargano: “I think there are some aggressive postures or action being taken by [MSG] where they’re looking for a free arena within the Farley building.” Gargano also said that the Dolans are “behind state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s refusal to approve the conversion of the post office into a new train terminal linked to Penn Station.” But Silver “continued to insist that he will support a Moynihan station plan only when all its pieces are presented together.” Topousis notes the current plan “does not include the arena proposal, which has been put forward by Cablevision and a tandem of developers that won the right to redevelop Farley as a train station and mega-commercial complex.” Gargano said that the arena “could be considered later as a second phase of the project.” The current plan is due to go before the state’s Public Authority Control Board tomorrow (N.Y. POST, 10/17).

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  • Grizzlies, Lexus Of Memphis Host Mixer To Lure Customers

    The Grizzlies and Lexus of Memphis last Thursday “played host to some 300 invited guests who perused a mini-car lot in a cocktail-party setting” at FedExForum, according to David Williams of the Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL. The event included short talks from Grizzlies President of Basketball Operations Jerry West and Grizzlies President of Business Operations Andy Dolich. Grizzlies coach Mike Fratello attended, while Gs Eddie Jones and Dahntay Jones “mingled and posed for pictures.” Grizzlies VP/Corporate Partnerships Chad Bolen: “We have never done anything like this. I don’t know if anything like this has ever been done.” Bolen noted the Nets host an “‘influencer party,’ where they have people over to people’s houses and attempt to sell them tickets.” But he said, “We wanted to kind of take that to another level. Instead of inviting your friends to your house and the Grizzlies would have a cocktail party at your house, we said, ‘Why don’t you all invite your customers in here?’” Williams noted the Lexus dealership “has an advertising package for TV games, sponsors the team’s annual Martin Luther King Day celebration, and has naming rights to the arena’s Lexus Lounge” (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 10/14).

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  • Colts’ Training Facility Losing Naming-Rights Sponsor

    Union Federal Ending Sponsorship
    Of Colts’ Training Facility

    Union Federal, which was acquired this week by Sky Bank, “will no longer pay for the naming rights” to the Colts’ practice facility, according to J.K. Wall of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR. Union Federal put its name on the facility in ’00, “at that time paying $800,000 a year.” Colts Senior VP/Sales & Marketing Tom Zupancic said that Sky will “maintain the value of its sponsorship by expanding the advertising it does on Colts’ TV and radio programs, as well as on signs at the RCA Dome and in a fan magazine, The Scout.” The practice center’s name will change back to the “Indianapolis Colts Training Facility,” and Zupancic said the Colts will look for a new naming-rights sponsor (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 10/17).

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  • Facility Notes

    FA, Multiplex Say Wembley
    Stadium Nearing Completion
    The English FA and construction company Multiplex announced that “after eight years of delays, rising costs and legal wrangles, the new Wembley Stadium will finally be completed within a few months — and will definitely host next year’s FA Cup Final.” Multiplex, which “spent the last four years rebuilding” the venue, “recently warned that the ground might not be ready until 2010” (Denis Campbell, London OBSERVER, 10/15).

    DYER’S EVE: In Orlando, Mark Schleub reports Orlando city commissioners yesterday agreed to buy the “favored site for the Magic’s new downtown arena for $35.5[M], despite concerns the purchase is premature.” Their agreeing to buy the 9.4-acre site came “at Mayor Buddy Dyer’s request.” The council approved the purchase “even though the City Council and Orange County Commission have yet to” approve agreements to pay for the new arena and performing-arts center and Citrus Bowl renovation. Also, the city has still not negotiated a lease with the Magic (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 10/17).

    CAUSEWAY COGS: TD Banknorth Garden President John Wentzell said that the arena’s Boardroom luxury seating area, “where memberships go for $15,000 a year,” is sold out. Seventy memberships were sold and a waiting list has been created. The arena has also sold 30% of the roughly 1,000 memberships “to the much larger Sports Deck, beating its first-year estimates.” That area features a “bar-like atmosphere for roughly 260 fans to mingle and watch the action” (BOSTON HERALD, 10/17).

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