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  • Flames Moving Forward With Plans To Build New Calgary Arena

    Flames Have Been In Touch With Several
    Architectural, Construction Firms In Calgary
    The Flames are "moving forward with plans to build a new home away from the Pengrowth Saddledome," according to a front-page piece by Kristen Odland of the CALGARY HERALD. Flames President & CEO Ken King yesterday said that the team "wants to break ground on a new arena 'as soon as we can,'" though there is "no firm deadline" in place. King: "We have had several architectural looks created for our new building. We have been in contact and consultation with several major architectural and construction firms in Calgary." King added RFPs "will be going out in the next three or four months." King: "We have had informal discussions, and I want to stress, informal discussions at all government levels." The Flames' lease at the Saddledome expires in '14, but King said that it "can be extended on a short-term basis depending how quickly the arena is built." King, who is "working with a rough target of three to five years to complete the project," said, "It would be difficult to imagine, if you dropped the flag today, that you could do it in much more than 36 months. And we're not dropping the flag today." The Flames have "identified two potential sites," and "at least one is on the Stampede grounds." King added, "There's much, much more work to be done." Odland notes the announcement follows news that the Oilers have "agreements to purchase land on two sites as possible locations for a new downtown arena to replace Rexall Place" (CALGARY HERALD, 9/3).

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  • Facility Notes

    Mets Do Not Intend to Adjust Dimensions Or
    Wall Heights At Citi Field For '10 Season
    In N.Y., Adam Rubin cites a source as saying that the Mets "don't intend to adjust the dimensions or wall heights at Citi Field for the 2010 season." The source indicated that Mets GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel "both recommended the ballpark retain its current configuration," and team Owners the Wilpons "plan to abide by that request." While Shea Stadium "measured 371 in right-center, Citi Field's angled wall in that area ranges from 378 to 415 feet." On average, there are "1.67 homers per game" at Citi Field, 11th out of the 16 NL ballparks," while there were 2.15 homers per game last year at Shea, "tied for sixth in the NL" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/3).

    TWO-MINUTE DRILL: CAPITOL WEEKLY's Anthony York cited sources as saying that Majestic Realty's plan to build a new football stadium in Industry, California, was "among the issues being discussed behind the scenes during the last week" of the state legislative session. No bill language "has been drafted and there is no guarantee that a bill will ever reach the floor of either legislative house." Majestic is "seeking exemptions from the California Environmental Quality Act" to build the stadium," and it is "unclear whether a proposed bill would be an actual effort to make an end-run around the City of Walnut's objections, or whether it was meant as a tool to force negotiators back to the table and lower the city's asking price." Majestic has hired "numerous high-powered lobbyists and Sacramento consultants to help with the last minute push" (CAPITOLWEEKLY.net, 9/2).

    STRIKING OIL: Indianapolis city officials said that three recent music events at Lucas Oil Stadium, which helped attract an estimated $28M in direct visitor spending, offer proof that the "expense of the retractable roof and other features" of the stadium "are paying off." Indiana Convention & Visitors Association President & CEO Don Welsh: "The potential to offer an outdoor experience is huge in our ability to book events at that facility" (IBJ.com, 8/29).

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