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SBD/Issue 112/Facilities & Venues
Published February 27, 2009
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SLOT BATTLE: In Baltimore, Gadi Dechter notes Laurel Park Owner Magna Entertainment Corp. (MEC) is "trying to revive their disqualified bid for slot machines with a last-ditch constitutional claim," but Maryland attorneys Thursday in court argued that "'market conditions' rather than a legal flaw led to the defective application." Laurel Park had been disqualified this month after MEC "failed to submit $28.5[M] in required slots-application fees." Laurel Park attorneys are suing the state, "claiming that the failure to pay was appropriate because the fees are technically not refundable and that the entire bidding process constitutes an illegal 'forfeiture of property' prohibited by the Maryland Constitution" (Baltimore SUN, 2/27).
NARROWING THE CHOICES: In Florida, Glenn Miller notes a list of nine sites for the new Red Sox Spring Training facility "was trimmed to four Thursday by a panel" of Lee County (FL) and Red Sox officials. Lee County commissioners "will begin negotiations" on March 17; the date for the final decision hasn't been set (Ft. Myers NEWS-PRESS, 2/27). In Boston, Sean McAdam notes one site is in Ft. Myers proper, while the other sites "are in unincorporated land owned by Lee County." The Red Sox "plan to select a site by mid-April, with a groundbreaking expected in the first quarter" of '10. The complex, "which will be built in the South Fort Myers area, is slated to open" in February '12 (BOSTON HERALD, 2/27).
POSSIBLE SITE: Toronto Mayor David Miller said that a decommissioned Hearn power plant is the city's "top site to build a long-overdue, four-pad arena to anchor a planned sports complex on the eastern portlands." In Toronto, Mary Ormsby reports the NLL Toronto Rock "are one of several potential private partners recruited by the city who are keen to invest in and use a new arena." But the city "must acquire the property from the province, since it's owned by Ontario Power Generation" (TORONTO STAR, 2/27).