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New Omaha Ballpark Hopes To Attract As
Many As 70 Events A Year, Including CWS
TICKET MASTERS: In Omaha, Dane Stickney reports the CWS for the first time this year is "taking part in the secondary ticket market, allowing what could be seen as NCAA-supported scalping." CWS season-ticket holders who "can't use their reserved seats can now sell them with the NCAA's blessing" through TicketExchange, a service supported by Ticketmaster. If the tickets are sold, the seller "gets a check, minus a 10[%] posting fee that's shared between Ticketmaster and the NCAA." CWS Ticket Chair Herb Hames said that the service is a "win-win because the site enables those with extra tickets a legitimate, sanctioned way to sell them to those who need tickets without including nonsanctioned brokers." Stickney notes "fewer than 60 total tickets were listed on the site" yesterday, and tickets "weren't available for many games, including the first two contests Saturday." The NCAA "uses similar Web sites to sell tickets to other events," including the Division I men's basketball tournament (Omaha WORLD-HERALD, 6/9).
Gehry's Departure From
Arena Project Debated
BEST FOR THE PROJECT: N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg Friday on his radio show indicated that "scrapping a costly sports arena design will help ensure that construction of the long-delayed Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn could soon begin." Bloomberg said that the move "bodes well for the project." Bloomberg said Nets and Forest City Ratner Owner Bruce Ratner "came to the conclusion ... that in this day and age you just cannot finance something as complex to build as that stadium." On Long Island, Michael Frazier noted the new design for Barclays Center "will be unveiled in late June" (NEWSDAY, 6/6). In N.Y., Calder & Seifman wrote now that Gehry is not involved with the project, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is "flip-flopping and claiming it's for the best." Markowitz, a longtime supporter of Gehry's design, said that he "now believes Gehry's glass-and-steel design was 'too ultramodern.'" Markowitz: "I think the new design is actually better for Brooklyn" (N.Y. POST, 6/6).
Marlins President Says There Will Be Activities
For Fans During Groundbreaking Ceremony
DOWN BY THE BAY: Former MLB Giants Enterprises President Pat Gallagher yesterday appeared on CSN Bay Area's "Chronicle Live" to discuss the A's quest to build a new ballpark. Gallagher: "The A’s deserve a new facility at some point and they’ll figure it out at some point. But who knows where it’s going to be? It may have to be a crisis situation. Who ever would have believed that the Giants could build a new ballpark in San Francisco? Nobody. Nobody would have taken that bet, and it happened, and it happened because it was a desperate situation” ("Chronicle Live," CSN Bay Area, 6/9).
Corzine Says Prohibition On Sports
Betting In Some States Is Unfair
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: GOAL.com's Peter Pedroncelli reported Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province "became the first newly-built venue to be officially opened for the 2010 FIFA World Cup." South Africa 2010 World Cup CEO Dr. Danny Jordaan: "This brings to five the number of 2010 FIFA World Cup stadiums now complete a year to go to the event." Pedroncelli noted "eight games, including a third- and fourth-place playoff and a quarter-final, will take place at the 48,000-capacity" stadium during next year's tournament" (GOAL.com, 6/8).
SPANISH GOLD: In Toronto, Daniel Girard notes Toronto FC (TFC) for its match against Real Madrid on August 7 at BMO Field will charge $140-215 per ticket, compared to a range of $23-180 per ticket for regular season MLS games. But TFC season-ticket holders "will be able to buy tickets at discounted prices, starting at $125." TFC also is "spending nearly $250,000 to put down temporary grass over the stadium's Field Turf" for the game (TORONTO STAR, 6/9).
ARLINGTON ROAD: A FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM editorial states Saturday's opening of Cowboys Stadium "went very well." But why did "some of the entertainers welcome the 60,000-member audience to Dallas? Why did the announcer welcome them to Texas Stadium, the home the Cowboys left, which is in Irving?" Arlington residents "should get that marketing boost for their city." People, including entertainers, who come to the stadium "should be reminded where they are." Whoever is in "charge of the details must make sure of that." Dallas "shunned the project," while Arlington "welcomed it." Arlington "deserves the credit" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 6/9).