Unions, Inglewood NFL Developers Reach Deal Bucks Developing Master Plan For New Arena Reds Install Self-Ordering Kiosks Manfred Mum On Rays' Ballpark Situation Olympia Tweaks Red Wings Arena Project Vikes Selling Personalized Bricks At New Venue NFL May Move Up L.A. Stadium Timeline LSED OKs Upgrades For Saints, Pelicans Packers Making Suite Windows Retractable Wrigley Renovation To Take Extra Year
Upcoming Conferences and Events
SBD/Issue 145/Facilities & Venues
Honoring A Hero: Mets Dedicate Jackie Robinson Rotunda
Published April 16, 2009
|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).