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  • Jets Will Charge Fans PSLs In New Meadowlands Stadium

    Jets To Charge Fans PSLs
    For New Meadowlands Stadium
    Jets Owner Woody Johnson Saturday during a luncheon with reporters at training camp said that the Jets will "charge their fans" PSLs at the team's new Meadowlands stadium it will share with the Giants, according to Dave Hutchinson of the Newark STAR-LEDGER. Johnson said that the team "decided to follow the Giants, who last month announced a fee structure for PSLs for their season-ticket holders." Johnson added that the exact prices of the Jets' seats have "yet to be determined." But he "left the impression that PSLs would apply to each of the 82,500 seats in the new stadium, scheduled to open for the 2010 season." Johnson said that the team "hopes to have a plan in place by the end of this month." He added that the organization "plans to send out information explaining to the fans exactly what a PSL is because he believes some don't fully understand the concept." He said that the Jets' research "shows many fans have had a 'good experience' with PSLs." Johnson said, "We understand the feeling of the fans. ...We don't want to alienate anybody. I feel pretty good about coming out with something that is reflective of those values and those interests. ... (But) we're not going to be able to make everyone happy and that's something I'm disappointed about." The Jets will be the 16th NFL team to implement PSLs (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 8/3).

    MULTI-FUNCTIONAL: Johnson Saturday also revealed that the Jets and Giants are "discussing a plan that would give the owners of [PSLs] first dibs on concert tickets and other non-football events" in the new stadium. Johnson said the plan may include a system for Jets and Giants PSL owners to "alternate events as they come along during the year." He added that the Jets' PSL plan "will be based, in part, on the response to a survey sent to season-ticket holders in June." Johnson indicated that the "lack of public funding for new stadiums in large cities has made PSLs a necessity" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/3).

    TIME TO SPEAK UP? In N.Y., Phil Mushnick writes, "Give credit to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. While thousands of multiple-decade and multiple-generation Giants and Jets ticket subscribers are being driven out because they can't/won't pay the teams' mortgage on new PSL Stadium, Goodell has managed to ignore the issue, not a public word of regret or contrition" (N.Y. POST, 8/4).

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  • Georgia Dome Remodeled And Updated In Falcons Colors

    The Georgia Dome has received a new look with a "red-and-black scheme that mirrors the Falcons' colors, the red painstakingly matched to that in the team's logo," according to Tim Tucker of the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION. The exterior of the Dome has been "repainted in Falcons colors, and the interior ... has been soaked in Falcons red and black." All of the "familiar teal seats have been removed and replaced with red seats on the upper and lower levels and black seats on the mezzanine level behind the end zones." The seating contractor allowed a credit for the old seats and "plans to re-use them in high school, college and minor-league stadiums." To complement the Dome's new seats, "thousands of gallons of paint have been applied -- black on the walls at the top of the soaring stadium; black on the railings in the aisles; red on, among many other places, the bathroom stalls." Other changes include "concourses with new track lighting, new signage, new concessions kiosks and more than 350 new flat-screen TVs." Falcons VP/Sales Dave Cohen said of the remodeling, "It's a complete rebranding." He added that the new look is "designed to convey the message, 'Home of the Falcons.'" The latest changes represent Phase 2 of the Georgia Dome renovation project, "which began last year with renovation of the suites and lounge areas, installation of new dark-gray cushioned seats in the club sections and addition of LED video boards." A third phase is "under discussion for next year." Despite the investments "aimed at updating a facility that opened in 1992," Falcons Owner Arthur Blank said that the team "will need a new stadium when its lease expires." The lease is projected to expire "sometime between 2016 and 2020" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/2).

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