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USA World Cup Bid Committee Exec Dir David Downs said that Chicago did not make the list of 18 potential host cities for the '18 or 22 event because the city "balked at making financial guarantees that could have cost taxpayers" about $10M. Chicago was on the list of 27 U.S. finalists announced in August, but Downs said that Chicago Park District officials told the bid committee in "late December that they did not want Soldier Field ... to be part of their effort." In N.Y., Dan Mihalopoulos notes Soldier Field was "widely considered a shoo-in to host" games should the tournament be held in the U.S. (N.Y. TIMES, 1/15).

Twins Will Provide Fans With Wide Variety Of
Food Options When Target Field Opens April 12
ON THE MENU: MLB.com's Kelly Thesier noted the Twins will "provide fans with a wide variety of food options" when Target Field opens on April 12. The food choices at the new ballpark "will range from the classic ballpark fare of hot dogs and peanuts to Minnesota-inspired signature items such as the steak sandwich from famed Murray's steakhouse." Among other new offerings "will be a stand called 'State Fair Classics,' featuring walleye-on-a-stick and cheese curds, and two full-service restaurants where fans can dine while at the ballpark." There will be "nine different themes for the permanent concession stands at Target Field, three of which pay tribute to Twins greats" (MLB.com, 1/14).

ONE, TWO PUNCH: In Ft. Worth, Randy Galloway writes to call Cowboys Stadium "a 'success' seriously limits the impact." Since its grand opening in June, "nothing in sports, or beyond, has had this kind of $1.2[B] immediate wow factor." The "latest and newest addition to the Arlington lineup came this week," when it was announced that the facility will host the March 13 Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey bout. Top Rank Chair Bob Arum told Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones the stadium will "take boxing to a place it's never been" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/15).

BLOW OUT SALE: In New Jersey, John Brennan reports the Giants and Jets have hired memorabilia dealer Brandon Steiner to "direct memorabilia sales" from Giants Stadium. The teams are "attempting to recoup much or all of demolition costs." New Meadowlands Stadium Co. President & CEO Mark Lamping indicated that tearing down Giants Stadium "could cost nearly as much as the $17[M] tab for eradicating" Shea Stadium (Bergen RECORD, 1/15).

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