SBD/Issue 167/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

In Minneapolis, Patrice Relerford noted the Twins Friday announced $13M in additional enhancements to their new Target Field, which is slated to open next season. The team "will pay for the new features," which include rooftop seating and heat in the main concourse. The new spending plan approved by the Minnesota Ballpark Authority board, which will own and operate the $545M facility, "includes more bathrooms and [retail] spaces, a larger [HD] scoreboard and a roof deck for fans." The new scoreboard "will include a video screen that is reportedly nine times larger than those used in the Metrodome" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/16).

Architect Says Pauley Pavilion Renovation
Plan Suffers From "Potential Fatal Flaws"
DESIGN FLAWS? Architect Michael Hallmark said the $185M renovation plan of UCLA's Pauley Pavilion suffers from "potential fatal flaws." Hallmark, who "paired with another firm" in a losing bid to vie for the Pauley Pavilion renovation, "suggests that the concourses are too narrow and that, by reducing the overall number of vertical aisles," NBBJ, the firm selected to oversee the renovation, is "making the rows in some sections too long." In L.A., David Wharton noted Hallmark "wants UCLA to convene a peer review of independent experts to revisit these and other issues." But UCLA Vice Chancellor/Finance, Budget & Capital Programs Steven Olsen said, "I feel confident that we've done a good job of addressing the issues that can be addressed." More Olsen: "We want to get going on this as soon as possible. Certainly there are going to be strong emotions about a project like this no matter which direction it takes" (L.A. TIMES, 5/17).

SHOWSTOPPERS: In New Jersey, Mike Kerwick wrote, "Not counting double-bills or multi-act festivals, only 29 different artists have headlined shows at Giants Stadium." U2 will play its fourth show at the stadium this September, while AC/DC "will make its stadium debut there on July 31." NJSEA Exec VP/Facilities Jim Minish: "Madonna, if she elected to do a stadium show again (could do it). If (Eric) Clapton wanted to, he could probably do it." Minish said that putting a stadium show together "usually costs four or five times more than what it takes to do an arena show" (Bergen RECORD, 5/17).

GRASS IS GREENER: In Toronto, Gareth Wheeler writes "political red-tape and nonsensical excuses have stood in the way of getting grass" at BMO Field, which currently has Field Turf. The "hope that common sense will prevail is a pipe-dream, with the decision-makers playing politics instead of acting for the greater good." It is "sad we'll see stadium expansion ... before we see the one thing that can actually make the product on the field better." That is because a grass field "costs money," while "more seats equal money" (TORONTO SUN, 5/18).

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