SBD/Issue 56/Facilities & Venues

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In Daytona, Sara Kiesler reports Daytona Int'l Speedway (DIS) officials yesterday were granted rezonings that will "allow for a major expansion of events and parking." The Daytona City Commission by a 6-0 vote approved rezoning a 23-acre former dog track on Int'l Speedway Blvd. and a 110-acre property south of Bellevue Ave. to a "major sports district." With the zoning changes, DIS President Robin Braig foresees "overnight entertainment for visitors staying at the properties during events such as the Daytona 500" (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 12/4).

 
UP ON THE ROOF: Chicago Alderman Tom Tunney wants to "give the owners of rooftop clubs overlooking" Wrigley Field "approval to sell tickets" to the Red Wings-Blackhawks NHL Winter Classic on January 1. Tunney: "It's a fierce rivalry. Interest is very high and ticket prices are very high. There's an opportunity for the rooftops to do some business." Tunney also has introduced an ordinance "authorizing rooftop clubs currently limited to Cubs home games to be open" on January 1 (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 12/2).

NOTES: In St. Petersburg, Greg Auman reported the Yankees are finalizing plans for a college baseball doubleheader at George Steinbrenner Field in February 2010. Under the plan, Florida and Florida State would meet in one game, while South Florida and Miami would face off in the second. The schools would "meet again in 2011, perhaps as part of a larger event" (TAMPABAY.com, 12/2)....In London, Rod Gilmour reports Beijing has "started selling souvenirs" from its Bird's Nest National Stadium for around US$423 each. The souvenir packs include grass cut the night of the Closing Ceremony and "model Olympic torches made of steel" that were left over from construction of the stadium. There are 10,000 souvenir sets available for sale inside the stadium (London TELEGRAPH, 12/4).

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