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Proposed Final Agreement To Convert PGE Park
To MLS Stadium Expected To Pass Next Week
Cubs Have Reached Tentative Agreement For
New $84M Spring Training Facility In Mesa
AIN'T OVER 'TIL IT'S OVER: In Ft. Myers, Glenn Miller reports Naples-based Project Home Run, a group formed to recruit the Cubs, said that it "wasn't giving up." Group spokesperson Loren Faye in an e-mail said, "The Cubs have given Mesa an extension on their proposal so that it is complete. They have not made a decision." Sterling Ivey, a spokesperson for Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, said, "We understand that a final decision has not been made and Florida will continue to show that this is the best place for spring training." But Collier County Tourist Development Council Dir Jack Wert conceded that the Cubs "may have used Collier as leverage to get a better deal in Mesa." Wert: "I'm certain that is a negotiating tactic that every team used on a periodic basis. I would guess it was certainly part of the whole process" (Ft. Myers NEWS-PRESS, 1/22).
Amway Center Awards Its Food Service
Contract To Orlando Foodservice Partners
LOCAL FOCUS: Vikings VP/Public Affairs & Stadium Development Lester Bagley Wednesday said that Majestic Realty officials "haven't recently spoken" with the team about moving to their proposed L.A. stadium, and that the team's focus is "working with the Minnesota legislature to get a new stadium deal." Bagley: "Our owners have indicated that they are not willing to sign a lease extension without a stadium deal. Our deal is coming down to the wire. I think it's clear that in order to retain the Vikings for the next generation in Minnesota, we have to resolve our stadium issue." In California, James Wagner notes Majestic VP John Semcken Tuesday said that the company "resumed talks with NFL teams within the past two weeks" (SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE, 1/22).
THINKING AHEAD: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Thursday said that the "future success of the Calgary Flames hinges on the team competing in a new arena." In Calgary, Tamara Gignac notes the Pengrowth Saddledome, which opened in '83, is "now one of the oldest in the league," and Flames officials said that the building is "showing the wear and tear of almost three decades." Bettman said that a "modern rink will benefit the Flames and hockey fans, but also provide an economic boost to the city itself." Bettman: "Arenas have a certain shelf life. A new facility can be used to rejuvenate a certain area of the city that may not attract people on a regular basis" (CALGARY HERALD, 1/22).
GRAND OPENING: SOCCER BY IVES' Ives Galarcep reported the MLS Red Bulls "will open their new stadium, Red Bull Arena, on March 20 with a friendly against legendary Brazilian club Santos FC." The Red Bulls "had been scheduled to open play at Red Bull Arena in their MLS season opener, on March 27 against the Chicago Fire, but the friendly vs. Santos should provide an enticing first match for the large Brazilian population that lives in the area near Harrison, New Jersey" (SOCCERBYIVES.net, 1/21).