SBD/Issue 168/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

In San Jose, Mike Swift wrote S.F.’s bid to keep the 49ers has become “enmeshed in the city’s long-running turmoil about race, class and the ongoing exodus of its African-American population.” A “bitter war of words is building between” S.F. Mayor Gavin Newsome’s administration and city progressives over propositions G and F, which would “decide whether the redevelopment of more than 700 acres of bayfront land goes forward -- and if so, whether half the housing must be affordable.” The city’s “angst about gentrification could indirectly bolster the 49ers’ plan to move south by eliminating the team’s most viable alternative to Santa Clara” (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 5/20).

Bon Jovi Concert Forcing Manchester
City To Look For Alternate Home Venue
GLORYPARK: In Ft. Worth, Mitchell Schnurman writes with Stars and MLB Rangers Owner Tom Hicks’ Glorypark development being delayed, “This would be a crippling blow for Arlington, given that Glorypark was supposed to be the sales-tax payoff from two publicly funded ballparks -- one for the Rangers, the other for the Cowboys.” Hicks “says he’s not giving up, just reloading.” But “didn’t he say similar things about the [Rangers] in 2004, after trading Alex Rodriguez to the Yankees in a salary dump?” (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 5/21).

NOTES: In London, James Decker wrote English Premier League club Manchester City will not be able to play their June 22 UEFA Cup home game at their City of Manchester Stadium because of a scheduled Bon Jovi concert. Galpharm Stadium is being considered as an alternative venue for the game (LONDON TIMES, 5/17)….In Ft. Worth, Andrea Ahles notes more than $120M has been spent with minority contractors on the new $1.1B Cowboys stadium, but the project still is “a little short in three of five fair-share categories.” Project Coordinator Katrina Keyes said that the project “lags slightly in the ‘architecture and engineering’ and ‘other services’ categories" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 5/21).

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