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Schwarzenegger Downplays Concerns Stadium
Would Take Team From Another California City
WIN FOR THE AREA: In L.A., Tim Rutten writes under the header, "One-Of-A-Kind NFL Stadium." Majestic Realty "intends to build the National Football League's first certified LEED stadium." Also, L.A. County has a "jobs crisis that is creating widespread misery," and the stadium project "will hire 12,000 construction workers and, when finished, employ more than 6,000 permanent workers -- all earning union wages with union benefits." Rutten: "In other words, this is a project that not only has complied with the letter and spirit of the Environmental Quality Act but promises a greener outcome than anything else on the table. And it directly addresses our area's most pressing social and economic need -- jobs" (L.A. TIMES, 10/21).
Chicago Group Wants To Build Youth Baseball
Facility Made Up Of Scaled-Down Ballparks
In Boston, Ian Rapoport notes people "couldn't forget the field conditions at Wembley Stadium" two years ago when the NFL hosted its first game in London. But as the Patriots and Buccaneers "prepare to play in London on Sunday, NFL officials are convinced the problem has been solved." NFL U.K. Managing Dir Alistair Kirkwood said that the "stadium and turf were new" in '07, and noted that the game "followed the second-wettest day of the year." Since then, the NFL and "local turf management experts have worked with Wembley officials to make it right" (BOSTON HERALD, 10/21).
Orioles Bidding Out Concessions Contract At
Oriole Park For First Time In 17-Year History
BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME? SI.com's Michael Farber wrote while an NHL team in Quebec City is "still a long shot," the league "won't discourage Quebec from getting taxpayers to foot the bill for an arena." If "nothing else," the NHL "can use a building in Quebec as a stalking horse for recalcitrant cities that don't want to build new homes for pampered hockey players." As long as arenas exist in K.C. and Quebec, an owner who is "annoyed with his lease or the number of luxury suites in his building always will have a potential threat in his hip pocket" (SI.com, 10/20).