SBD/Issue 34/Facilities & Venues

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Writer Says Best Buy Could End Up With
Corporate Naming Rights To Target Center
In St. Paul, Charley Walters writes it "wouldn't be surprising" if Minnesota-based Best Buy "ends up with corporate naming rights" to Target Center if the T'Wolves and Target cannot reach an agreement on an extension. The current deal "ends in two years." Meanwhile, now that the Twins are "finished with the Metrodome, look for the interior of the arena to become more 'purple' in terms of decorating now that the Vikings are the lone major tenant" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 10/29).

MOVING DAY: ESPN.com's Jason Sobel reported the '10 PGA Tour Frys.com Open "will take place at CordeValle Golf Club" in San Martin, California, "about 30 miles outside of San Jose," where Fry's HQs are located. The tournament had been played at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, for its first three years (ESPN.com, 10/28).

WINNING BIDDER: In Dallas, Jon Nielsen reports Global Gaming LSP, a subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, "submitted the winning bid of $47.8[M] at the second auction" for Lone Star Park. Global Gaming "will operate the track." Magna Entertainment Corp. "had operated the track until filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last March" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/29).

RUNNING THE FROZEN TUNDRA: In Green Bay, Richard Ryman reports Cellcom Green Bay Marathon organizers want "access to Lambeau Field for two days because of the growth of the event." Marathon organizers "have approached" the Packers and the Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District Board about "using Lambeau Field for an extra day." Runners in four events "pass through Lambeau before finishing their races in the stadium parking lot" (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 10/29).

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