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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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