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NJSEA Could Take Over Day-To-Day
Operations Of Prudential Center
State Officials, Rachel Robinson Take Part
In Dedication Of Jackie Robinson Rotunda
BEFITTING A LEGEND: In N.Y., George Vecsey writes the rotunda is a "powerful tribute to the first African-American major leaguer of the 20th century," and is a "highly visible reminder of a man who made history 62 years ago by signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers." Mets Owner Fred Wilpon: "This is a forever place. The entrance to our home" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/16). MLB.com's Anthony DiComo wrote the rotunda is "beautiful" and is the "jewel of Citi Field." When Wilpon built the rotunda, he "wanted it to become a perpetual reminder of all that Robinson did for the game." DuPuy: "It is appropriate that this rotunda -- open, living inclusive, a sport where all fans can come and congregate -- is a fitting tribute to the player who made us realize that baseball, too, can be inclusive." But DiComo noted while the percentage of MLB players that are African-American has reached 10.2%, the levels "are not where baseball wants them to be" (MLB.com, 4/15).
Howard Addresses Some Of
Fans' Complaints Of Citi Field
STRONG CONCESSIONS: Howard said Citi Field has been “setting records -- not just Mets records, but records for Aramark -- in terms of business that we’ve done.” Howard: “There’s no question that this ballpark, especially with regard to the infrastructure and the way that we’ve designed the food & beverage and merchandise layout, has responded very well.” However, he added the team “did have some food service challenges (Monday) that we will work through” (“Mike Francesa,” YES Network, 4/14).
Wang Discusses Lighthouse Project, Islanders'
Future On Long Island During Radio Show
No Deadlines Set To Turn PGE Park
Into Soccer-Specific Stadium
SMELL THE ROSES: In a special to the OREGONIAN, Paulson wrote, "Taken together, MLS at PGE Park and Beavers baseball at the Rose Quarter will create 600 short-term jobs, more than 300 long-term jobs and generate roughly $50[M] in annual economic activity in the community. Retiring Memorial Coliseum and using the site for the new stadium makes the most sense because it would take advantage of the existing Rose Quarter parking garages, eliminating the need to build costly new ones. It would replace an aging venue expected to lose $500,000 annually in the coming years with one that can make money for taxpayers. ... This plan is about far more than sports. It creates jobs, protects taxpayers from risk, revitalizes our city and builds community. I urge city leaders to support the plan" (Portland OREGONIAN, 4/15).