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  • Pac-10 To Hold Women's Hoops Tourney At USC's Galen Center

    Galen Center To Host Pac-10
    Women’s Basketball Tourney
    The Pac-10 will move its 2009 and 2010 women's basketball tournaments from HP Pavilion in San Jose to USC's Galen Center, according to Michelle Smith of the S.F. CHRONICLE. HP Pavilion has been the site of the tournament since ’03 and will host the event in '08. Galen Center opened last fall and has a “significantly smaller capacity than HP Pavilion, at around 10,500.” The tournament has “struggled with marketing efforts and attendance -- averaging approximately 3,700 fans over the four-day event.” The women's tournament will be moved back one week to run concurrent with the men's event, which will be played at Staples Center, and Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen said, “We anticipate fans from each institution will attend the games of both of their teams, and participate in ancillary events for both tournaments.” Smith notes the move brings the women's tournament “back to a campus site for the first time since the inaugural tournament was held at Oregon's McArthur Court” in ’02 (S.F. CHRONICLE, 6/6).

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    Vikings To Embark On Major PR
    Campaign For New Stadium
    In St. Paul, Charley Walters reports the Vikings will “embark on a major [PR] campaign in their quest for public approval for a new stadium next legislative session.” And “don’t be surprised if the Vikings, who are seeking state money for a stadium,” agree to a stadium referendum. Meanwhile, Twins Owner Carl Pohlad has “virtually no interest in the club’s new ballpark being named Pohlad Field.” There has been “speculation it could be called Wheaties Field, with General Mills as a corporate sponsor, and that makes sense, but the Twins don’t anticipate any serious consideration for a ballpark name until late this year” (ST. PAUL PIONEER-PRESS, 6/6).

    NOTES: The N.Y. Metropolitan Transit Authority announced plans to build a new rail link between the Meadowlands and Penn Station in Manhattan. The proposed “football train” would “get riders to roughly 10 Giants and Jets games during the 2009 season via a link in Secaucus” (NEWSDAY, 6/6)....DC-based Gelberg Signs was awarded a $1M contract to create and install all of the signage at the Nationals' new ballpark, which is set to open in ’08 (WASHINGTONTIMES.com, 6/5)....The Red Sox' Single-A affiliate, the New York-Penn League Lowell Spinners, has “purchased -- and plans to use -- the first base used at Yankee Stadium” during Game Six of the ’04 ALCS between the Red Sox and Yankees. In the game, Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez was called for interference on a play at first base (BOSTON HERALD, 6/6).

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