Wolff Considering Temporary Bay Area Ballpark Royal Caribbean Against PortMiami MLS Stadium City Of St. Paul Approves Downtown Ballpark One Daytona Scores Another $20M Grant UK To Ink Long-Term Rupp Arena Lease Questions Arise On Soldier Field Expansion 49ers Set Low Prices For Stadium Debut Triple-A Bees Ink Naming-Rights Deal Facility Notes Chicago Exploring Soldier Field Expansion
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SBD/Issue 85/Facilities & Venues
Published January 15, 2010
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).
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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).