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Churchill Downs Installing $3-4M Permanent
Lights Before Next Year's Spring Meet
CHOOSE YOUR OWN SEAT: The THOROUGHBRED TIMES' Frank Angst noted Churchill Downs yesterday also announced the launch of a Web site, www.tickets.churchilldowns.com, that "will allow fans to purchase exact reserved seat locations as well as advance general admission tickets for events like the Derby, Oaks, and night racing cards" (THOROUGHBREDTIMES.com, 11/17).
MSFC Threatening To Penalize Vikings If
Team Does Not Agree To Lease Extension
DOME SWEET DOME? MINNPOST.com's Jay Weiner noted the MSFC resolution "could be viewed as either hostile to the team or as the first -- albeit tense -- step in keeping the team in the Metrodome beyond its current lease." The MSFC offered the Vikings "some new cash (about $675,000 a year), some longstanding cash but with new strings attached (about $4 million a year) and some new-stadium planning assistance ($500,000 a year)" (MINNPOST.com, 11/17).
Redskins Have Lured Several College Football
Games To FedExField, Eyeing Other Big Events
MSG has partnered with ESPN to count down the top 10 college basketball moments at the arena as part of MSG's 75-year association with the sport. ESPN will unveil the first two moments tomorrow and Friday during the 2K Sports Classic Benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer. The next four will be unveiled November 25 and 27 during the Dick's Sporting Goods Season Tip-Off. The No. 4 moment will be revealed December 8 during the Jimmy V Classic, with the top three moments to be revealed December 9 during the SEC/Big East Invitational. The moments also will be showed in-arena during the games. MSG has signed several sponsors, including Delta, Aéropostale, Coca-Cola, Cushman & Wakefield, Foot Locker, Optimum and Traveler's Insurance, for the season-long campaign. A group of N.Y.-area reporters, broadcasters, coaches and game officials chose the top 10 moments.
Financial Pressure On Wembley Could Increase
If Olympic Stadium Is Retained Following Games
TEMPORARY HOME: In Vancouver, Bruce Constantineau notes an RFP issued by PavCo indicated that a 30,000-32,000-seat temporary stadium used to house the CFL B.C. Lions and USL Vancouver Whitecaps "will be completed somewhere in Metro Vancouver by June 15, 2010." The RFP said that PavCo "plans to announce the winning bidder on the project by Dec. 5." No price estimate is given, but it has been "speculated the temporary football/soccer stadium could cost more than" C$20M. The "facility is needed" while BC Place receives a C$458M renovation (VANCOUVER SUN, 11/18).
THE UGLY TRUTH: YAHOO SPORTS' Chris Chase wrote the Basketball HOF Showcase at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis may be the "ugliest court design of the year." The worse part could be the "monstrous mid-court basketball with markings that makes it vaguely resemble an omega sign," or the "gigantic, slanted font that looks straight out of WordArt in Windows 95." Chase: "For me, it's the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup logo in front of the free throw line" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 11/17).