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  • Pacquiao-Clottey Gives Cowboys Stadium A Big Debut Bout

    Jones (c) Happy That Pacquiao Will Be
    Fighting In First Bout At Cowboys Stadium
    While the March 13 Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey bout at Cowboys Stadium "isn't the hoped-for mega showdown" between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., it still is a "good, big-time boxing start for the house that Jerry Jones built," according to Gil LeBreton of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. The stadium will use its "basketball configuration for the bout." The top deck will not be opened, and the center-hung video board "will be lowered to 30 feet over the ring." Ticket prices to the fight will range from $50-700, and Top Rank Chair Bob Arum is "excited about being able to offer what he called 'reasonable prices' for a world-class boxing show." LeBreton notes with the "gate reasonably priced, more people -- with a younger demographic -- will be exposed to big-time boxing." Arum yesterday, announcing the fight during a press conference at Cowboys Stadium, "likened the upcoming bout" to a fight in '66 between Muhammad Ali and Cleveland Williams at the Astrodome, which he recalled "centered more around the then-new Astrodome than the ring matchup" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/20). Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones said, "The fact that we've got Manny Pacquiao here says a tremendous amount to the constituency of our new stadium. You don't build something for ($1.2B) without putting yourself on the incentive plan to go get the very best. From the beginning, I pictured boxing matches in this stadium. I would have never dreamed, though, that I could introduce that with this stadium with a man of the character of Manny Pacquiao" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 1/19).

    THE NEXT BIG THING? Jones yesterday said he envisions as many as "four or five significant fights a year" in the new stadium. Jones: "Las Vegas has its aura, and we can do things here to capture our own aura." The ring will be placed at midfield, and Arum and Jones noted that they are "hoping to fill 40,000 seats." Jones: "It was always in our mind that right here on the star we would put the ring" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/20). In Ft. Worth, Tobias Xavier Lopez notes there were "comparisons to the Roman Coliseums" throughout yesterday's press conference at Cowboys Stadium, and Arum suggested that the Dallas facility "could replace Madison Square Garden or Caesar's Palace as the 'new Mecca of boxing'" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/20). Jones said, "With the stature of Pacquiao, we're going to be able to put on a unique fight." While the plan is to fill 40,000 seats, Arum indicated that a "60,000-seat plan can be arranged if necessary." Arum also announced that HBO PPV will televise the fight (L.A. TIMES, 1/20). Jones yesterday vowed, "We're going to make this one of the most interesting fights to view that there's ever been." He noted that he has already "gotten ticket requests" from Dolphins Exec VP/Football Operations Bill Parcells and Fox' Jimmy Johnson. Jones yesterday also revealed that he "once looked into investing in Pacquiao's career." He said Parcells "really encouraged me to meet with the guy who had Pacquiao." Jones: "I had him come in and sit down and talk about backing Pacquiao. You could see his potential at that time" (ESPNDALLAS.com, 1/19).

    DODGING A RIGHT HOOK: YAHOO SPORTS' Kevin Iole noted HBO Sports officials "weren't too excited about having to choose between" airing a Mayweather or Pacquiao bout on March 13. HBO was "freed from having to make a decision when Andre Berto withdrew from his Jan. 30 fight with Shane Mosley and a Mayweather-Mosley fight became a possibility." It would have been "almost impossible to negotiate a deal and properly promote" a Mayweather-Mosley bout by March 13. Had Berto not pulled out of his bout, Golden Boy Promotions was "planning a Mayweather fight against a different opponent on March 13," and that would have put HBO in the "unenviable, and losing, position of having to choose" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 1/19).

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  • MLS Wizards Stadium Receives OK; Construction To Begin Soon

    Plans Call For Construction Of Wizards' $147M
    Stadium To Begin As Soon As Possible
    The Wyandotte County (KS) and Kansas City, Kansas, Unified Board of Commissioners yesterday approved a $400M development plan that includes an 18,000-seat stadium for the MLS Wizards, according to Kevin Collison of the K.C. STAR. Plans call for construction of the $147M stadium to "begin as soon as possible" on an 11-acre site in Kansas City, Kansas. Wizards President Robb Heineman said that the stadium, which will be built by Turner Construction, will be capable of "hosting professional soccer as well as many other sports and entertainment events." Wizards Owner OnGoal LLC is "teaming with Lane4 Property Group to develop the project," which is "being subsidized with $144.5[M] in STAR Bonds and $85[M] in state tax credits and cash." The complex also "includes an 18-field, tournament-quality youth complex at Wyandotte County Park," as well as a Cerner Corp. office complex, for which construction will be "under way by December 2011" (K.C. STAR, 1/20).

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  • PavCo Near Deal To Help Pay For BC Place's New Retractable Roof

    PavCo In Midst Of A C$565M Renovation Of
    BC Place Stadium Ahead Of Vancouver Games
    PavCo Chair David Podmore yesterday said that a deal to "sell off development rights to land on the west side of BC Place Stadium, which will help pay" for the facility's new C$458M retractable roof, "is 'imminent,'" according to Derrick Penner of the VANCOUVER SUN. The deal would be on a "75-year lease and will likely see both residential and commercial development on the site." PavCo, which operates BC Place, is in the midst of a C$565M renovation of the stadium, which includes C$55M in "interior improvements ahead" of next month's Vancouver Games. The new roof is "expected to add about 40 additional days of events per year in BC Place, which is already used 200 to 210 days per year." Construction is scheduled to begin "immediately after the Olympics and Paralympics, and will be complete by July 2011," in time for the Vancouver Whitecaps' first season in MLS (VANCOUVER SUN, 1/20). In Vancouver, Glenda Luymes reports BC Place after the construction will "boast the world's largest cable-supported retractable roof." The entire renovation project "will be financed through a 40-year loan from the provincial government." Podmore yesterday said he is "absolutely satisfied" the loan will be repaid (Vancouver PROVINCE, 1/20).

    BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER: BC Place officials yesterday said that a "small flood at BC Place Stadium won't dampen the excitement" of the February 12 Opening Ceremony at the facility. The CP's Jim Morris noted water "poured through [the] stadium's aging roof last week causing a minor flood." But Podmore said, "It's not a concern at all. We had a minor incident. Some water did come through a vent, a couple of hundred gallons. It wasn't much in context of BC Place" (CP, 1/19).

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  • Facility Notes

    Redskins Plan To Have HD Video Board In
    Each End Zone Of FedExField Next Season
    In DC, Dan Steinberg reported the Redskins this week mailed letters to ticket holders, "informing them of significant changes to the in-game video experience, headlined" by two 30-foot-by-100-foot HD video boards, "one in each end zone" of FedExField. The new boards "should be in place for the preseason." In addition, the Redskins will install 10 other new screens "in the lower bowl, from the game clocks to the time clocks to the out-of-town scoreboard displays, which will be equipped to also convey game stats and fantasy football totals" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 1/19). 

    SWIMMING IN CLEAN WATERS: In Miami, Toluse Olorunnipa reports developers of the Marlins' new ballpark are planning "to 'green' the entire construction process, build an environmentally conscious stadium, and get official recognition from an organization that gives environmental ratings to buildings." At the site, "virtually all waste is recycled, most building materials are made locally and pieces of old concrete from the demolished Orange Bowl are repurposed into support beams." Contractor Hunt/Moss spokesperson Edwin Perkins noted that the ballpark, scheduled to open in '12, would be the "first LEED-certified stadium with a retractable roof in the country" (MIAMI HERALD, 1/20).

    LEADING THE CHARGE: Chargers President Dean Spanos yesterday said that he "doesn't suspect Sunday's loss or the lack of a Super Bowl title" will affect the team's push for a new stadium. Spanos: "If we can come up with an agreeable proposal with the mayor and the City Council, I can see it coming to a 2012 vote." He added, "I have no secondary plan. We haven’t looked anywhere else. I’m not working on an alternative. I’m not trying to leverage the city of San Diego. I know winning helps, but I don’t think it will carry the day, even if we win a Super Bowl" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/20).

    TAKING IT BACK TO THE OLD SCHOOL: NHL Panthers President & COO Michael Yormark Monday said that a new "Den of Honor" will open later this summer at BankAtlantic Center, "replacing one that was taken down over the summer." About 70% of the new 4,000-square-foot structure is "dedicated to the Panthers and the rest is going to junior and high school hockey in the tri-county area." Yormark said that the building "will be dedicated March 20" (MIAMI HERALD, 1/19).

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