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Jones Thinks Video Board Important For
Aesthetics Of $1.21B Cowboys Stadium
MUDDLED SOUND: In Dallas, Jeff Mosier reported reviews of the sound quality at Cowboys Stadium "have been mixed, but loud and frequent criticism by many concertgoers has reverberated." Sound "ricochets off" the glass doors at each end zone and "contributes to a noisy atmosphere." That can be a "plus when the opposing offensive linemen can't hear the quarterback, but annoying for a fan listening to the lyrics of a favorite song." Dallas-based stadium sound engineers and consultants Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams "have been adjusting and tweaking the system for months and listening for the right balance." But "even when the system is fine-tuned, the sound is subject to the skills of the in-house sound engineers and traveling concert crews as well as limitations inherent in hearing clearly in one of the largest indoor spaces on the planet" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/6). Also in Dallas, Mario Tarradell noted Cowboys Stadium is "huge, cavernous and circular -- three acoustic deterrents" -- but the "emphasis of a sporting arena" is sports. Tarradell: "Stadiums are bad places to hear and appreciate music. Period. However, megastars draw massive crowds, which require a colossal venue to accommodate everybody. Let the ticket buyer beware" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/6).
SUPER EFFORT: In Dallas, Kim & Mosier reported tourism officials banking on Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in '11 to "fill hotel rooms across North Texas have committed more than $2[M] in public and other monies to the effort." About $1.5M of that amount "comes from the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau," but participants also "include communities as far-flung as Denton and Frisco, which are each more than 40 miles" from Cowboys Stadium. Those cities and others are "tapping revenues from hotel/motel tax collections" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 9/6).
STAR ATTRACTION: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Mark Yost writes Cowboys Stadium is "simply mesmerizing." Once inside, "what strikes you most is the open design," and it is "clear that the primary focus of this stadium is luxury." Yost: "I believe that 40 years from now ... Cowboys Stadium will be seen as monumental -- the 21st-century equivalent of the opening of Yankee Stadium in 1923" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/9).
SHoP Architects Working With Ellerbe
Becket To Develop Barclays Center
COMPLETELY DIFFERENT LOOK: Three months later, the Barclays Center exterior looks nothing like that initial drawing. It contains three rust-colored horizontal steel bands that curve and swoop around the building, creating a cantilevered structure 30 feet high and 80 feet long, Pasquarelli said. The arena's glass walls enable pedestrians walking the plaza outside the arena and motorists driving along Flatbush and Atlantic streets to peer into the seating bowl and see the center-hung scoreboard. It is a transparent look Nets Owner Bruce Ratner desired for the building, Pasquarelli said. In addition, the design team plans to use new lighting technologies to illuminate the arena's interior and exterior, creating a halo effect at night. "We will be looking at cutting-edge LED and sustainable strategies for power consumption," he said. The scaled-down project stands at about $800M, about $200M less than Gehry's plan. FCR fired Gehry late last year after Ratner determined his design was too costly to finance in a distressed economy.
Citi Field Plagued By Water Damage To Luxury
Suites, Flooding In Outfield Seats, Mold
FLIP THIS HOUSE: In N.Y., Mike Vaccaro wrote if there was "supposed to be one source of solace for the Mets, no matter what else befell them, it was going to be their ballpark, Citi Field." But the facility "has been a lightning rod." Fans were "furious that the place was bereft of Mets history," and for a brand-new ballpark, there "seemed to be an awful lot of seats with obstructed views." People have also "screamed about parking logistics." Now comes the news "no homeowner wants to hear: that your brand-new dream house has a leaky basement and a drafty attic" (N.Y. POST, 9/6).
WITH HONORS: In N.Y., Jack Curry noted the Mets yesterday "dedicated the Plum Room in honor of Jim Plummer, a longtime employee of the club." Plum, who died last year at age 57, worked for the Mets for 31 years. Instead of having a Green Room "for visitors to use, the Mets decided to have a Plum Room that would honor Plummer" (NYTIMES.com, 9/8).
The debate over a new arena for the Oilers has "now begun in earnest, raising questions about cost, spinoffs, identity and, most important, who pays," according to David Staples of the EDMONTON JOURNAL. While some Edmonton citizens are "already sold" on the arena, "no small number of Edmontonians are fixated on who will be paying for this megaproject." Some believe in the "notion that the right kind of megaproject can be a magnet for other outstanding redevelopment in Edmonton's downtown." But others "can't see any reason to have the public put money into a project that's going to cost" C$400-500M, meaning Oilers Owner Daryl Katz, the team and the "pro-arena lobby have their work cut out for them." Staples: "Can they come up with such a compelling design that it ignites the imagination of this city? And even then, can they find a way to fund their plans that doesn't enrage the tax-hating, anti-public project faction?" Staples noted public money for "mega-projects is the norm for NHL arenas and for Edmonton projects," as 24 out of the league's 30 teams have had "some public money going into the construction of their arenas," while in seven cases the public paid 100% of the cost. Univ. of Alberta sports management professor Dan Mason said that a city's self-perception "comes into play when it comes to public funding," as smaller cities, "such as Edmonton, might be more likely to provide arena funding because there's a stronger link between the city and the team." Mason said that one method to "privately help the arena is to introduce personal seat licenses." Meanwhile, Mason noted that in "any discussion of funding for arena projects, it's not always easy to tell what is public funding and what is private funding," as in some cases the city will "finance the project, taking out a massive loan to get it built, but the debt payments will be made out of arena revenues, in whole or in part" (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 9/6). The following lists the amount of public and private money in U.S. dollars used to finance the NHL's arenas.TEAMARENABUILTTOTAL COSTPUBLIC MONEYPRIVATE MONEYAnaheimHonda Center'93$120M$120M$0AtlantaPhilips Arena'99$204M$159.1M$44.9MBoston*TD Garden'95$144M$0$144M
Buffalo HSBC Arena'96$122M$54M$68M Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome'83$100M$100M$0 Carolina RBC Center'99$154M$134M$20M Chicago United Center'99$175M$30M$145M Columbus Nationwide Arena'00$175M$0$175M Colorado Pepsi Center'99$180M$4.5M$175.5M Detroit Joe Louis Arena'79$57M$57M$0 Dallas American Airlines Center'94$380M$155M$225M Edmonton Rexall Place'74$69.7M$69.7M$0 Florida BankAtlantic Center'98$212M$184.7M$27.3M Los Angeles Staples Center'99$400M$70.5M$329.5M Montreal Bell Centre'96$400M$0$400M N.Y. Islanders Nassau Coliseum'72$28M$28M$0 N.Y. Rangers Madison Square Garden'68$200M$0$200M Nashville Sommet Center'96$144M$144M$0 New Jersey** Prudential Center'07$467.5M$311.5M$156M Ottawa Scotiabank Place'96$146M$0$146M Philadelphia Wachovia Center'96$217.5M$32M$185.5M Phoenix Jobing.com Arena'03$225M$180M$45M Pittsburgh*** Consol Energy Center'10$321M St. Louis Scottrade Center'94$170M$34.5M$135.5M Minnesota Xcel Energy Center'00$130M$95M$35M San Jose HP Pavilion'93$162.5M$132.5M$30M Tampa Bay St. Pete Times Forum'96$139M$124M$15M Toronto Air Canada Centre'99$174.9M$0$174.9M Vancouver GM Place'95$116.5M$0$116.5M Washington Verizon Center'97$260M$60M$200M
NOTES: * = Arena paid for by team owners, but with $16M in land donated by government. ** = $467.5M redevelopment around arena with $311.5M in public funds. *** = see below.
MODEL ARENA: Oilers President Patrick LaForge said that the Pittsburgh model for developing the Consol Energy Center, "which includes city ownership and casino funding for the construction, is on the table" for the Oilers' proposed arena. The EDMONTON JOURNAL's Staples noted that Penguins' arena is being built with a $31M combined down payment from the team and the local government. Payments on the $321M balance will come from a local casino, a state economic development fund and the Penguins. Edmonton under this model "would own" the arena. LaForge: "I love the Pittsburgh model. It's terrific. We're looking at a number of different options and that would be one for sure." Staples noted LaForge is "studying the model used to fund the horse racing industry in Alberta, which got [C$35M] in 2008 from its take of gambling revenues generated at three casinos located at Alberta horse racing tracks" (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 9/6).
UM Has Not Had Buyers For Nine Premium
Suites That Sell For Over $40,000 A Season
ONE FOR ALL: In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman wrote, “No doubt for $288.5[M], the school got one of the great stadiums in the country.” The facility will be an “attraction for its first three or four years, and its 50,805 seats will be sold out for that time.” But after that, it will be the “same story as old Memorial Stadium, where there were a lot of empty seats when the Gophers didn’t win.” Hartman: “I still believe there should have been one stadium for both the Gophers and the Vikings. … And we might lose the Vikings because there wasn’t one stadium” (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/6). Also in Minneapolis, Roman Augustoviz noted most days the stadium will be open to students for intramural sports and, “for special events, to the public” (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/6).
In Akron, Bill Lilley noted Univ. of Akron's (UA) new $61.6M InfoCision Stadium opens Saturday, and UA Exec Senior Associate AD Hunter Yurachek and President Luis Proenza are "downright giddy" about the new facility. Lilley wrote the stadium "projects majestically and renders a feeling of a bigger edifice." The landscaping "gives a dynamic green feeling with two banked gardens in the corners of the north end zone and a full lawn in the south end zone." The sightlines are "dramatic and effective, giving a potential 30,000 fans perfect viewing" of games. The $1.5M scoreboard, manufactured by Mississippi-based Capturion Network, "features a video board 22 feet by 39 feet, receives HD-quality inputs and has a ribbon board underneath for messages." The stadium's suite level has 16 20-person suites, "which cost $20,000 a year with a five-year commitment, that quickly sold out" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 9/7).
Appalachian State Will Debut New $38M
Football Complex Saturday
UPGRADES IN THE DESERT: In Arizona, Greg Hansen reported a $2.4M scoreboard "could be in place at Arizona Stadium next season." It would cost a projected $7.2M to put the scoreboard into place on the south end of the stadium and trigger an $82M building plan at Arizona Stadium, "most of it in the north end zone." Univ. of Arizona AD Jim Livengood "hopes to break ground on the north end project as early as December 2010 and complete it in time for the 2013 opener." The ongoing construction "would eliminate about 4,500 end zone seats for two seasons, dropping capacity at Arizona Stadium to about 53,500" (ARIZONA DAILY STAR, 9/6).