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East Rutherford Mayor Says City Deserves
More Money From Giants' Meadowland Stadium
THE SUITE LIFE: SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL’s Don Muret reports CSL Marketing Group has been hired “to fortify efforts to sell all 213 suites planned” for the Giants/Jets stadium. Meadowlands Stadium Co. President & CEO Mark Lamping said that CSL was brought in to “to assist his group’s three-person staff and sales representatives from the Jets and Giants.” CSL, whose deal runs through next October, has sold the Giants’ PSL and club seats at the stadium since ’07. Lamping: “CSL has a familiarity with our project, and it is also the kind of company you can hire to come in under a specific time period. It’s much easier than going out and hiring full-time people that would be working themselves out of a job by the time football season starts next year.” Lamping did not indicate “how many units remained to sell, but he confirmed a published report that said 60 percent of the stadium’s suites had been sold as of August” (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 10/12 issue).
Vikings President Says Team Must Get
Moving Toward New Stadium Deal Soon
GREAT OUTDOORS: With the Twins' new outdoor ballpark, Target Field, opening next season, team President Dave St. Peter said that the club "monitored weather conditions and would have had no postponements if they had played outdoors in 2009." Twins Sports Inc. President Jerry Bell said that to put a roof on Target Field "would have added" $125M to a $550M project. The Twins, who have contributed $180M to building the ballpark, "have no plans to add a roof." Bell: "I don't think we'd have as nice a park. You can't put that roof in a closet" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/12). St. Peter: "When you get to October, the weather changes, and frankly, that's going to be one of our advantages. Hopefully, we'll have guys accustomed to playing in chilly weather from time to time. That will be one of the realities of Target Field" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 10/12). Twins manager Ron Gardenhire: "It's cold out there, that's what it's going to be like (next year). That is going to be our ballpark, no waiting for anybody else to play a game so we can play, no having to quit our game early to get them in, none of that. It's going to be Minnesota Twins baseball" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 10/12).
U2 Could Be TCF Bank Stadium's First Concert
Study Has Shown Jaguars Would Need $148M
Over Next 30 Years For Jacksonville Stadium
In San Diego, Matthew Hall noted in a "sign of progress" for a new Chargers stadium in Escondido, California, attorney Dave Ferguson is "setting up meetings with developers to ask them how they might privately finance a new stadium" in the city "via ancillary development, such as retail or office space." The first meeting was held September 28, and a meeting with another developer is planned for this week. The meetings involve Ferguson, Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler and Chargers Special Counsel Mark Fabiani. Hall noted even if a stadium in Escondido "pencils out, its success hinges on a number of landowners in the area being willing to unload parcels at affordable prices" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 10/11).
MONUMENTAL TRIBUTE: In Montreal, Anne Sutherland reported the Canadiens Friday, as part of their centennial celebration, unveiled a "large black granite monument inscribed with the names of every" Canadiens player who has played for the team between 1909 and 2009. The monument "sits in the middle of Centennial Plaza, the large area west of the Bell Centre," and surrounding it are 100 interpretations of the Canadiens logo "embedded in bricks and drawn by Montreal kids." The team Friday also unveiled a "new street marker, proclaiming that a stretch of de la Gauchetière St. is officially known as Avenue des Canadiens de Montreal," which "meets up with Stanley St." (Montreal GAZETTE, 10/10).
OFF KEY: The GLOBE & MAIL's Marc Schatzker wrote the song "Free To Be," which is being played before Maple Leafs games as part of the "revamped 'game-day experience' down at the Air Canada Centre," is "weird and obnoxious." Schatzker: "What was MLSE thinking? ... MLSE can do better. I know this to be true because they already have. It's called a Raptors game." Meanwhile, Schatzker estimated the number of corporate logos at the stadium during Maple Leafs games is "in the hundreds, and that's not including the beyond gratuitous promos: the Metro Food Frenzy, the Pro Line Shoot for Loot, the Molson Canadian Best Seats in the House, or the 407 ETR Forward Pass" (GLOBE & MAIL, 10/10).
COST CUTS: In Indianapolis, Francesca Jarosz reported five Indiana Convention Center and four Lucas Oil Stadium employees were "laid off Friday as part of ongoing cost-cutting measures by the struggling" Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board. The move is "expected to save about $325,000" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 10/10).