SBD/Issue 24/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

In Miami, Jack Dolan reports Miami auto dealer Norman Braman's "struggle to stop local leaders" from using public funds to help build a new ballpark for the Marlins "might have gasped its last breath on Wednesday." The Florida Third District Court of Appeals "upheld a lower-court judge's decision last year that shot down all seven claims in Braman's suit." Braman "wanted to force a referendum on the proposal to finance" the $515M ballpark with $360M in public funds, and argued that Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria should "disclose the team's finances to prove he needed the public money." Any further delay on the ballpark "would have put the Marlins' hope of opening" the ballpark in time for the '12 MLB season "in jeopardy" (MIAMI HERALD, 10/15).

HOST WITH THE MOST: In Dallas, Rainer Sabin reports Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett, Hunt Sports Group and the city of Frisco, Texas, "submitted a proposal this week to the NCAA to host the title game" for the Football Championship Subdivision at Pizza Hut Park for the next three seasons. The NCAA's decision to "allow other cities to tender a bid for the game comes as Chattanooga's two-year contract is expiring and the tournament expands from 16 to 20 teams next season." Little Rock, Spokane, Missoula, Montana, and "other undisclosed cities have placed a bid" to host the game as well (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/15).

BATTLE FOR THE BID: In Orlando, Mark Schlueb reported "at least three companies" -- Levy Restaurants, Centerplate and Aramark -- are "expected to bid" on the concessions contract at Amway Center, scheduled to open for the '10-11 NBA season. Current Amway Arena concessionaire Levy reportedly "booted Johnny Rivers' Smokehouse from the venue's concourse" two weeks ago. Orlando city Commissioner Daisy Lynum said that Rivers "told her he was evicted because he is going to put in his own bid on the new food-and-drink contract." Schlueb noted Rivers reportedly "is partnering" with Aramark on the bid. The competition "reflects how serious bidders are in going after the multiyear agreement." Orlando Venues Exec Dir Allen Johnson said that the city "will likely solicit bids before the holidays" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 10/13).

MY KENTUCKY HOME: In Louisville, Marcus Green noted Louisville arena officials Tuesday said that the project is a "week to 10 days ahead of schedule, despite early setbacks that included a six-week delay because of unexpected problems beneath the construction site." The facility is "approaching one year from its expected completion date of Nov. 1, 2010" (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 10/14).

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