Silver Optimistic About New Bucks' Arena PNC Arena Expansion Plans Revised Plans Advance For DC Soccer Stadium DePaul Arena Will Cost More Than Once Thought Reds Upgrading GABP Ahead Of All-Star Game Flames Close To Arena Announcement? Vegas Arena Could Be First With Retractable Roof Univ. Of Nevada Proposes Mackay Upgrades Facility Notes Saints' Benson Gives $11M To Pro Football HOF
SBD/Issue 236/Facilities & Venues
Published August 26, 2009
|Renovation Of Famous "A" Expected To Be
Completed By End Of September
BIG CROWD EXPECTED: In K.C., Pete Grathoff notes Mexican soccer clubs Chivas de Guadalajara and Club America will play each other September 16 at Arrowhead Stadium, and SUM President Doug Quinn "thinks this game may break the record for the largest soccer crowd in Kansas City history." The current record is 37,319 for an '01 U.S. men's national team match against Costa Rica (K.C. STAR, 8/26).
BUILDING BLOCKS: Magic and Orlando officials indicated that 35% of the Amway Center construction contracts awarded so far "have gone to businesses owned by minorities or women -- an apparent nationwide record." Magic COO Alex Martins: "We are setting new benchmarks for professional sports facilities that have never been reached before." In Orlando, Mark Schlueb notes with "three-quarters of the contracts awarded," 9.8% have gone to Hispanic firms, 9.2% have gone to African-American companies, while another 7% have "been awarded to companies owned by women" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/26).
ROOF REPAIRS: In Vancouver, Austin & Mercer report B.C.'s "budget-deficit problems may delay" the re-roofing of B.C. Place Stadium. B.C. officials "promised a retractable roof as part of" a C$365M upgrade that Tourism Minister Kevin Krueger yesterday indicated is "behind schedule." The "promise of an open-air stadium played a strong part in the Whitecaps' aim to land a new franchise in MLS" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 8/26).