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WITHER LAS VEGAS? In Las Vegas, Jeff Wolf writes with SMI Chair & CEO Bruton Smith last week announcing a deal to purchase Kentucky Speedway, the prospects of getting a second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) “seem to be off the front burner, if not removed from the stove completely” (LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL, 5/30). An “oft-repeated rumor had Smith closing Pocono and moving one of its races to Kentucky Speedway and the other" to LVMS. However, that rumor was “quashed this week” when Pocono co-Owner Rose Mattioli said that she and her husband Joseph “had no intention of selling the track to Smith or anyone else” (LAS VEGAS SUN, 5/30).
The Sprint Center on September 22 will host a Blues-Kings preseason game, the first hockey game played in the arena. Tickets will range from $10 for a section in the north end zone to $150 for two sections of rink-side, center-ice seats. But Sprint Center Senior VP & GM Brenda Tinnen said, "In terms of a litmus test, I think that's all determined by the NHL and respective owners and their timeline for expansion of if there is a relocation" (K.C. STAR, 5/30).
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NEW HOME FOR THE DOME: Pontiac, Michigan, city officials Thursday approved "key terms of a pending purchase agreement" to sell the Silverdome to Silver Stallion Development Group LLC President H. Wallace Parker. In Detroit, Jun & Hicks report a "windfall of $20[M] from the sale of the Dome could save the city from a possible state takeover." Officials in the next two weeks before another public hearing and council meeting are "expected to finalize a term sheet" (DETROIT NEWS, 5/30).
JUST CRACKER JACKS, PLEASE: In a front-page piece for the K.C. STAR, Kevin Murphy notes the Royals are considering offering "peanut-free seats" at Kauffman Stadium for certain games. Royals VP/Sales & Marketing Mark Tilson said that the team has not yet "designated seats as peanut-free but are considering that possibility." Tilson added that in the last two seasons, groups or families that requested peanut-free seats "were placed in enclosed, thoroughly-cleaned suites" (K.C. STAR, 5/30).