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New Cowboys Stadium Adds Big 12
Football Title Games In 2009, 2010
EARLY TIP-OFF: Starting with the ’09 Big 12 basketball tournaments at Ford Center in Oklahoma City, the men will switch to a Wednesday-Saturday format, with the women playing Thursday-Sunday. Men’s coaches “fueled the change” because they “preferred having an extra day to prepare for postseason play.” It will also give the NCAA men’s basketball tournament selection committee “more time to consider Big 12 teams” (K.C. STAR, 5/25).
Citrus Bowl Renovations Low On
Central Florida Voters’ Priority List
MAGIC ACT: A poll paid for by the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce surveying 500 Central Florida voters showed a plan to spend $1.1B on a new arena and performing sports center and upgrades to the Citrus Bowl ranked “dead last in a poll of community priorities.” Only 14% ranked “building world-class performing arts, sports and entertainment venues” a high priority, last among the 16 issues included. However, just 150 of those surveyed live in Orange County (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 5/25).
PARK PLACE: In L.A. Bill Plaschke writes the parking lot at Dodger Stadium “is not only working again, but it’s better than ever.” The team tweaked its system, which caused massive backups on Opening Day, by “adding many more attendants, city workers and cameras,” and reopening an additional gate. Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt said, “We’re not declaring victory yet, but right now we’ve improved every aspect of the old system” (L.A. TIMES, 5/24).