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Penguins Alter Design Of New Arena To
Better Fit With Surrounding Neighborhood
Braves Seeking To Block Sponsors' Competitors From
Landing Naming-Rights To Minor League Ballpark
Edmonton Committee Favors Downtown
Arena To Replace Rexall Place
CALGARY: In Calgary, Kim Guttormson reports the Flames said that they will "continue to plan for a new home at their own pace." Flames President Ken King said that the team has not "settled on a financing model," but Calgary Alderman Ric McIver "called an arena a luxury item he doubts taxpayers -- many of whom can't afford to go to [NHL] games -- would be willing to pay for." McIver added that he would "favour a plebiscite if the Flames were to request civic funding." Guttormson notes a new facility for the Flames, "most likely built on the Stampede grounds," would allow the team to "generate more revenue and design a building that would function better for the fans and to accommodate other events." The Flames' lease at the 25-year-old Saddledome runs until 2014 (CALGARY HERALD, 3/26).
The Indians yesterday unveiled a Party Deck picnic area in right field and a Champions Suite in left field at the newly named Progressive Field. The Party Deck holds "about 400 people" and can be rented for group outings at $50 per person. The Champions Suite, which costs $10,000 to rent per game, is comprised of four suites converted into one "high-end area, with indoor and outdoor seating for 60" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 3/26).
THE GREAT OUTDOORS: The CFL Toronto Argonauts, who play indoors at the Rogers Centre, "might get the outdoor stadium they've been searching for after all.'' Toronto Mayor David Miller yesterday said that he recently met with Argonauts co-Owner Howard Sokolowski and that it is "possible the team could be accommodated at BMO Field at Exhibition Place." BMO Field is configured for MLS' Toronto FC and "would not accommodate a regulation-sized CFL field," but Sokolowski said that "allowances might be made for a pre-season game." The Argos are entering the fifth year of their rental agreement with the Rogers Centre, which includes two additional five-year options (TORONTO STAR, 3/26).
PARKING PLUS: The Cowboys have added another parking lot for their new $1.1B Arlington stadium. Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones has "purchased more than a dozen parcels within walking distance of the stadium" from Blue Star Development Dir of Stadium Development Jud Heflin. The Tarrant Appraisal District said the land in '07 was valued at about $3.6M (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/26).
SHORTCUT: The Univ. of Oregon (UO) "plans to use a month-old rule to bypass the state's typical search process so a private firm can hire the architects and builder" who already have been working on the school's new basketball arena. UO General Counsel Melinda Grier said that hiring the firms without an open competition "would save money and promote continuity in planning and construction" of the $200M on-campus arena (Portland OREGONIAN, 3/22).