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NFL Facility Notes: Jets Fans Encounter Long Lines Before Game

Fans Say Scene Was Chaotic For
Begnals-Jets Game At Giants Stadium
In N.Y., Joe Lapointe notes fans entering Giants Stadium for yesterday's Bengals-Jets game encountered a "somewhat chaotic scene." It was the last regular-season football game to be held at the venue, and Jets fan Ernie Buonocore said that there were "not enough security personnel to handle the crowd." Buonocore: "They were funneling people in and they were lucky no one got trampled." Jets fan Corey Griffin said that it "took more than a half-hour to enter the stadium after he arrived at the gate." But NJSEA VP/Public Relations John Samerjan said that there was "'nothing unusual' in the crowd behavior and that anyone who thought so 'must have been people not used to going to football games'" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/4). The Jets' banned alcohol sales during last night's game, prompting New Jersey-based Majorska Vodka Company to "call for sports fans to boycott" Johnson & Johnson products for 24 hours. Jets Owner Woody Johnson is "an heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune." Majorska said that the Jets' "one-game ban on alcohol could cost the company more than $100,000 in revenue" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/3).

CLOSING IN ON A DEAL: Dolphins CEO Mike Dee yesterday said that he "expects a new name" for Land Shark Stadium to be "announced before the Jan. 31 Pro Bowl." Dee said the stadium "will be Land Shark Stadium through" Tuesday's Georgia Tech-Iowa FedEx Orange Bowl, and there "will be an announcement between the Orange Bowl and the Pro Bowl." In West Palm Beach, Brian Biggane notes the NFL "currently is referring to the stadium by its former name, Dolphin Stadium, when publicizing the Pro Bowl and the Feb. 7 Super Bowl" (PALM BEACH POST, 1/4).

TIME RUNNING OUT: In St. Paul, Charley Walters wrote there is "virtually no chance of the faltering Vikings getting public approval for a new stadium in the coming" Minnesota state legislative session. If Vikings ownership "can't persuade QB Brett Favre to return next year, there would seem to be little chance in 2011, too, despite the expiration of their Metrodome lease after that season" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 12/31).

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