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  • Mets Announce Series Of Changes At Citi Field For '10 Season

    Citi Field Changes Are Designed To Embrace
    The Mets' History
    Mets officials have announced a series of changes at Citi Field for '10 "designed to embrace the team's history," according to Adam Rubin of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. The team is "responding to a fan backlash that the inaugural season at Citi Field embraced the team's Brooklyn Dodgers predecessors and ignored the club's own" past. The right-center field bridge now will be called "Shea Bridge" after William Shea, for whom the team's former ballpark is named. Other areas of the ballpark "will be named after Casey Stengel, Gil Hodges and Tom Seaver." Citi Field "already has an Ebbets Club, the Jackie Robinson Rotunda and a facade based on the Dodgers' old Brooklyn home." The Mets also "confirmed plans for a revitalized Mets Hall of Fame and Museum adjacent to the Rotunda" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/22). In N.Y., Bart Hubbuch noted Citi Field's stairwells are "being painted blue and orange, more team logos are being placed inside the stadium and the front of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda will be festooned with banners honoring former Mets greats and blue and orange flowers." The Mets admitted that the changes are "mostly the result of a loud outcry by fans during Citi Field's debut season over the lack of franchise history" (N.Y. POST, 11/22).

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  • Over 105,500 Tix Requests Have Been Made For Industry Stadium

    City of Industry Stadium Would Make Only
    58,000 Season Tickets Available
    L.A.-area football fans "have made more than 105,500 season ticket requests" for Majestic Realty Chair & CEO Ed Roski's proposed $800M NFL stadium in Industry, according to James Wagner of the SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE. However, the 75,000-seat stadium "will only make 58,000 season tickets available." Majestic Realty VP John Semcken said that in the case of luxury suites, the company has received "nearly 18 times more requests than what would be available." Semcken: "What's amazing about these numbers is that we don't have a team here, and we have this demand." Wagner noted stadium plans "include 176 suites and 12,500 club seats," and Semcken indicated that Majestic has received "about 3,200 requests for information on sales of suites, of which nearly 32[%] came from corporations." The rest "came from individuals." Also, "nearly 36,500 requests poured in for the club seats." Wagner noted the requests are "received through Majestic Realty's Web site," and they "aren't formal purchase orders for tickets but forms that ask people to submit a name, contact information and what tickets they're interested in buying" (SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE, 11/22).

    TEAMING UP IN THE BAY AREA?  In S.F., Matier & Ross reported if Santa Clara voters "give the nod to what is now being pitched as a 49ers stadium, the team would have the option of bringing in a second team -- thereby doubling the stadium's income -- without having to go back to the city or the voters for approval." 49ers VP/Communications Lisa Lang said that the team is "talking regularly" with the Raiders. But she added, "At this point it's really a theoretical discussion. We don't have another team that wants to play in Santa Clara." Matier & Ross wrote it is "interesting to note that just last week, the Raiders opted to re-up their lease in Oakland -- but only to 2013, one year before the Niners hope to have their new stadium built." Raiders Chief Exec Amy Trask: "We will keep an open mind about the possibility of a shared stadium. However, an open mind means just that. Oakland offers some very exciting opportunities for a joint stadium as well" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 11/22).

    MOMENTUM BUILDING: A SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE editorial stated, "Momentum is building behind the effort to keep the Chargers in the region, specifically in a downtown stadium near Petco Park. The clearest public signal so far came Wednesday when the Centre City Development Corp. board voted to spend $160,000 to hire a sports finance consultant to study how an $800[M] stadium might be financed. That expenditure of public funds, albeit funds designated for downtown redevelopment activity, indicates at least incremental change in the thinking of some officials about how a stadium might get done." The editorial: "Any proposed expenditure of public funds -- redevelopment or otherwise --  will be a tough sell. But the momentum is unmistakable" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/21).

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