SBD/Issue 87/Facilities & Venues

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  • Fenway Improvements Include Third Base Deck, New Restaurant

    Red Sox Lay Out Fenway Park’s
    Offseason Improvements
    This year’s improvements to Fenway Park includes the new “Third Base Deck,” which includes the “first-ever women’s bathroom on the third-base grandstand concourse and a new concession area,” according to Scott Van Voorhis of the BOSTON HERALD. Also, fans at the ballpark’s Game On restaurant “will be able to watch teams hold batting practice through a special window by the bar.” Red Sox officials said that “hundreds of additional standing room spots, which come with a drink holder along a rail, are also being added to various spots in the ballpark.” There are also plans for a new restaurant in centerfield called Bleacher Bar, which will “include a partial view of the field.” Red Sox VP/Business Operations Jonathan Gilula said the team is talking with Aramark about adding new menu items and concession stands (BOSTON HERALD, 1/25). The team is also “redoing 26 private suites along both foul lines” and are adding new exterior seating, remodeled interiors and new front-window design as “part of a two-year plan to renovate all of the park's private suites.” Also, game day staff will have their own locker room facilities and the press box is being expanded. The legal capacity of the ballpark is now 38,805, with an “ultimate goal” 39,928. Red Sox President & CEO Larry Lucchino said that sellouts last season averaged over 36,000 per game and “should be bumped up by a few hundred this season” (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/25).

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  • DC Council, Nationals Differ On Infrastructure Spending

    Costs A Point Of Contention
    In New Nationals Ballpark

    Some DC Council members said that the expenditure of over $18M to upgrade streets near the Nationals’ planned ballpark “would push spending on the ballpark beyond” the $611M cap, according to Nakamura & Stewart of the WASHINGTON POST. DCSEC CEO Allen Lew said that the budget “does not include money to handle transportation planning.” Several council members “criticized Lew’s testimony and charged that the additional public cost would constitute a violation of the stadium spending limit.” Council member Jim Graham: “At some point, the spigot has got to be firmly turned off.” Council member Kwame Brown: “The council has been pretty steadfast on no additional funds being spent on the baseball stadium.” But aides to DC Mayor Adrian Fenty defended the decision “to fund the transportation work independently of the stadium budget.” DC Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Neil Albert: “This is not part of the $611[M] cap as DDOT planned to perform this work to support the many development projects in this area. It does not count against the stadium budget” (WASHINGTON POST, 1/25).

    SPENDING SPREE: Nationals Owner Ted Lerner said that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig at last week’s owners’ meetings “‘lectured us’ for 90 minutes about the dangers of spending too much in free agency.” Lerner: “In the real estate business and in some of our other businesses, there seems to be some sanity to it. People continue asking me the question, ‘Are you having fun?’ The answer is, ‘On occasion.’” Nationals co-Owner Mark Lerner said that while he “didn’t believe it made sense for the Nationals to invest heavily in a free agent market that he called ‘shocking,’ the club plans on raising payroll” in ’08 (WASHINGTON POST, 1/25).

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