SBD/Issue 204/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

In West Palm Beach, Dave George wrote there is "every reason to believe" that Miami will get an MLB All-Star Game, "if not in 2013 then two years, or maybe four, beyond that." The "real clincher, though, is the fact that [MLB] owes Miami one." The Marlins were officially scheduled as hosts of the '00 All-Star Game but MLB's "big guns got spooked by poor attendance and general disillusionment over the team." The expectation of a new Marlins ballpark opening in 2011 "should swing the momentum just as hard in a positive direction" (PALM BEACH POST, 7/12).

Dodgers Officially Terminate Facility Agreement
With Indian River County For Dodgertown
ON THE MOVE: In Florida, Laurel Scheffel reported the Dodgers are "officially ending a 61-year relationship with" Indian River County (FL). Dodgers VP/Spring Training & Minor League Facilities Craig Callan Thursday "delivered a letter" to Indian River County Administrator Joe Baird and Vero Beach City Manager Jim Gabbard, "informing them the team is exercising its option to terminate the facility lease agreement this year." The Dodgers and Baird "agreed to terms of an exit agreement in February, and the team has until next week to inform the county -- without penalty." The Dodgers are expecting to begin hosting their Spring Training in Glendale, Arizona, in '09. Callan: "The delivery of the letter was more of a formality. It's not a surprise to anyone that our intention was to move to Glendale in 2009" (TCPALM.com, 7/13).

CHANGING THE SIGNS: In S.F., Jonathan Curiel noted the name of the 49ers' stadium in June reverted from Monster Park to Candlestick Park, so "why do the freeway signs near the stadium still refer to 'Monster Park'?" Caltrans spokesperson Benjamin DeLanty, whose agency handles freeway signs, said, "We are waiting for final approval of permits. It should happen soon." The stadium also still advertises itself as 'Monster Park,'" and "huge banners herald the name to everyone who drives up to the gates" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 7/13).

CONCERT REPORT: A report released last week by concert industry trade magazine Pollstar indicates concert tours from January-June "grossed $1.05[B] in North America, the same as the mid-year gross" in '07. But with "grim economic forecasts, many in the industry are bracing for a sharp downturn for the rest of the summer and the fall." Since tickets for the "most popular tours are often bought months in advance, sales for recent shows may not reflect the jump in fuel prices over the last couple of months." However, concert promoters said that the "true test ... will be over the next few months, as consumers decide whether to buy tickets for the fall." AEG Live President & CEO Randy Phillips: "There's been a delayed effect. Most of these shows went on public sale in February, March and April, and it wasn't as dire as it got right after that" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/12).

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