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    In DC, Tim Lemke wrote Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon's request for a study on the impact of a potential DC United stadium in the city is a "nice wrinkle in United's stadium saga, but that's all it is." The team "does not want to move to Baltimore unless there are no other options out there, and right now there are still options." Stadium talks with DC "aren't dead," and neither are discussions with Montgomery County (MD) and Loudoun County (VA). Sources said that DC United "remains hopeful of hammering out some sort of deal in the District or suburbs by year's end" (WASHINGTONTIMES.com, 10/7). A Baltimore SUN editorial states "any pro soccer stadium must not only be able to pay for itself but also create enough jobs to be worthy of taking such a risk" (Baltimore SUN, 10/8).

    Chargers Downplaying Interest From L.A. For
    Now, But Still Searching For New Stadium
    HOUSE HUNTING: Chargers Special Counsel Mark Fabiani yesterday said that team officials "plan to tell developers trying to woo them to Los Angeles that the team is committed to finding a way to build a new stadium within San Diego County." Fabiani noted that the team has "no plans to play" in Majestic Realty's proposed stadium in City of Industry, but added, "I am a poor fortune teller. And our search for a stadium does have to come to an end one way or another" (NORTH COUNTY TIMES, 10/8).

    ON SECOND THOUGHT... Canada Minister of Tourism, Culture & Arts Kevin Krueger yesterday said that the B.C. government is "considering backtracking on plans for a retractable roof at BC Place Stadium over concerns the project will be too expensive." He said that the "total cost of the bids to build a new roof is 'substantially higher'" than the C$365M budgeted for the renovation (VANCOUVER SUN, 10/8).

    GREEN POWER: Constellation Energy Group plans to build a "photovoltaic system to generate solar power at an entertainment complex adjacent" to Patriot Place that will produce about 525 kilowatts. Construction is "expected to begin in late October and will require installation of about 2,800 photovoltaic panels" (AP, 10/7).

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  • NFL Warns Outdated Stadium May Keep Big Events Out Of Miami

    NFL Says Land Shark Stadium Needs Roof,
    Modern Skyboxes, High-Definition Lighting
    February's Super Bowl will mark the 10th time South Florida has played host to the game, but NFL Senior VP/Events Frank Supovitz yesterday "warned that a dated stadium might keep future championships away from the region," according to Douglas Hanks of the MIAMI HERALD. Supovitz, addressing the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, said that along with a roof to "keep the rain out, Land Shark Stadium lacks the modern skyboxes, high-definition lighting and other amenities that can make a Super Bowl more lucrative." Supovitz: "You have to look at what the other cities are offering in terms of comfort. ... I'm not going to have anyone rained on in North Texas. They're not going to get rained on in Indianapolis." Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said the team is "working with the NFL to see what should be done." Dee said that the NFL's stadium concerns "also could be a worry for South Florida's spot on the four-year rotation for the college football championship." Dee said, "We only have one more BCS championship committed [in '13]." Dee noted Atlanta and Dallas both "want in" as BCS hosts. Meanwhile, Hanks notes "one flourish from South Florida's 2010 bid package -- the free use of a yacht for each of the NFL's 32 owners -- has been scrapped in favor of fishing trips for 200 inner-city youth from Broward and Miami-Dade" (MIAMI HERALD, 10/8).

    TO DO LIST: In Ft. Worth, Ray Buck notes the NFC representative in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in '11 "was supposed to use" the Cowboys' indoor practice facility, which collapsed May 2 during a storm. That facility has yet to be replaced, and North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee President & CEO Bill Lively said, "That's a concern that the league and we have." Meanwhile, with Super Bowl XLV 485 days away, Lively said, "In terms of sponsorships and contracted financial commitments, we have raised about $14[M]. And we need $30[M]" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 10/8).

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