SBD/Issue 121/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

In Cincinnati, John Fay reports the Reds have a deal in place to move their Spring Training home from Sarasota, Florida, to Goodyear, Arizona, in 2010, after Goodyear recently "secured key financing." Reds Consultant John Allen said that the team is discussing a 20-year lease with Goodyear, where they would share a $76M facility with the Indians. Allen added that the lease agreement and financing plan still need approval from the city. A vote is expected next month, and Allen said that he "expects the city's approval." The approved $33M financing "would be used to build facilities for the Reds, such as a clubhouse and offices" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 3/13).

HOT CORNER: DC Metro Police Department 1st District Commander David Kamperin said that officers with the department's Special Operations Division for Nationals games at Nationals Park will be "deployed on foot, on bicycles, in cars and on Segways to at least 39 'static posts'" in order to direct traffic and help with crowd control for games at Nationals Park. Kamperin added that "10 beats -- staffed by either one or two officers -- will patrol, mostly on foot, the neighborhoods surrounding" the ballpark. The team has hired off-duty police officers to patrol the stadium (WASHINGTON TIMES, 3/13).

EAT SEATS: Braves Exec VP/Sales & Marketing Derek Schiller Tuesday on Fox Business said of ballparks offering all-you-can-eat seats: "We're certainly appealing to what we believe is the common, everyday fan who wants to understand a little bit about how much they're going to spend when they go to a baseball game." Schiller said over the course of 81 home games, the team "can afford to take those sections that don't normally sell-out, build in food and beverage into those seats and now sell those seats which we weren't doing in the past" (Fox Business, 3/11).

NYRA Official Says Spitzer's Resignation Should
Not Have Any Effect On New Franchise Deal
NOTES: NYRA President Charles Hayward said that former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's resignation will have "not much" of an effect on the new NYRA franchise. Hayward: "The franchise legislation has been passed. We are working with the State's lawyers ... and with the [Attorney General's] office to finalize the settlement agreement to get out of bankruptcy and to finalize the franchise agreement" (N.Y. POST, 3/13)....The Cubs on March 31 will unveil a sculpture outside Wrigley Field honoring Baseball HOFer Ernie Banks, while the White Sox on April 11 will unveil a statue outside U.S. Cellular Field to commemorate their '05 World Series title. Both sculptures were commissioned by the Fine Arts Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany in Highwood, Illinois (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/13).

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