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  • Red Wings Introducing Private Legends Suite At Joe Louis Arena

    Red Wings Debuting Comerica Legends
    Club At Joe Louis Arena This Season
    The Red Wings this season are debuting the private Comerica Legends Club at Joe Louis Arena, a “new, more affordable suite arrangement ... for business owners who want to entertain a small number of clients,” according to Robert Ankeny of CRAIN’S DETROIT BUSINESS. The team combined five existing suites to create the club, which will include 64 seats. While a full-season suite runs for $120,000, Red Wings Senior Dir of Communication John Hahn said that four season tickets to the Legends Club will cost $26,000. The club will have personalized nameplates at all seats and perks including a buffet and access to the members-only Olympia Club. Ankeny notes the creation of the Legends Club comes after the franchise “received many requests from businesses that wanted smaller packages than a full suite of 20 seats for the entire season” (CRAIN’S DETROIT BUSINESS, 9/10 issue).

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  • Triple-A River Cats Plan New Multi-Use Venue Next to Ballpark

    The PCL Triple-A Sacramento River Cats plan to develop a 1.5-acre plot next to Raley Field in West Sacramento into “a state-of-the-art outdoor event hot spot,” according to Jon Ortiz of the SACRAMENTO BEE. The team announced Monday its plan to privately finance a facility “flexible enough to host everything from concerts and theater productions to volleyball games and high school graduations.” The project, designed by S.F.-based Heller Manus Architects, should be completed by March '09. River Cats President, COO & GM and Raley Field President Alan Ledford did not comment on costs or naming rights. River Cats execs estimate that once the 3,500-seat project is complete, they will add "at least 60 dates to the 100 events already hosted there each year.” Ortiz noted the team continues “to evolve from a Triple A baseball franchise into a regional entertainment player” (SACRAMENTO BEE, 9/10). The venue will include a 40-by-60-foot stage and will not host events that coincide with River Cats games (River Cats).

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    New Hampshire Int’l Speedway Owner Bob Bahre said that he is "not in negotiations” with Red Sox Owner John Henry to sell the track to Fenway Sports Group (FSG). Bahre confirmed that he "has had recent discussions with Henry and [FSG President] Mike Dee about selling" NHIS, but said that “nothing substantial has transpired in terms of a sale" (BOSTON HERALD, 9/12).

    Joel To Be Last Performer At
    Shea Stadium Before Demolition
    PARKED: The N.Y. Industrial Development Agency yesterday postponed a vote to approve a $225M taxpayer subsidy on parking garages for the new Yankee Stadium after Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion’s office “complained the agency was withholding critical information.” Carrion’s office was denied copies of the draft lease agreement and feasibility study, as well as an explanation of why the deal rose from $190M to $225M. The bonds would benefit Bronx Parking Development Co., a "shell corporation set up ... specifically to receive the city taxpayer subsidy," and if revenue is below expectations, it could "walk away at any time.”  That would leave N.Y. and its taxpayers responsible to repay the triple tax-exempt bonds used to finance construction (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/12).

    FAMOUS LAST WORDS: Billy Joel is scheduled to be the final performer at Shea Stadium before the venue is demolished after the '08 MLB season. No dates have been set for the string of concerts (NEWSDAY, 9/12).

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