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Jones (c) Happy That Pacquiao Will Be
Fighting In First Bout At Cowboys Stadium
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).
Plans Call For Construction Of Wizards' $147M
Stadium To Begin As Soon As Possible
PavCo In Midst Of A C$565M Renovation Of
BC Place Stadium Ahead Of Vancouver Games
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).
Redskins Plan To Have HD Video Board In
Each End Zone Of FedExField Next Season
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).