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Dynamo Considering Southwest Houston
Site, Have Not Abandoned Downtown
GROUNDBREAKING MOMENT: In San Jose, Elliott Almond
reports the MLS Earthquakes today will break ground on a training field at the proposed site of a new stadium, "the most tangible evidence yet that ownership is serious about building a pitch" across from Mineta San Jose Int'l Airport. The $1.2M grass training field "will give the team a permanent home" after it spent the past two seasons sharing practice facilities with Santa Clara Univ. and West Valley College (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1/28).
DEAL BROKEN: In Vancouver, Ian Walker reports Delta, B.C., city politicians Monday "nixed" the USL Whitecaps' "plan for a national soccer training centre" in the city. The Whitecaps and Delta in May had held a press conference to "announce a tentative agreement for the construction of the [C$31M] facility, of which the B.C. Liberals had agreed to pay more than half." Whitecaps President Bob Lenarduzzi: "It's disappointing that they chose to pursue their own plans for the site; we were quite prepared to give back to the community and that was part of our deal." Lenarduzzi confirmed that there are "other municipalities interested in hosting national training grounds, but refused to get into specifics" (VANCOUVER SUN, 1/28).
Cubs' Proposed $84M Complex Will Require
Legislature, Voter Approval
FLYING SOLO: Kenney said that the Cubs "have been approached by other major-league teams about the possibility of sharing a new facility, but the Cubs have rejected that idea because they want complete control to build a facility that best suits the needs of the Cubs and their fans." The "idea is to have a real Chicago flavor" to the complex. Cubs BOD member Laura Ricketts: "Our home is Wrigley Field, so we appreciate that unique feel. That's why we want to recreate it. ... We want to bring some of that unique feel West" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 1/28).
Mavericks President & CEO Terdema Ussery yesterday said that the February 14 NBA All-Star Game at Cowboys Stadium is "'past 85,000 tickets sold,' the most of any basketball game in history." Ussery said that Mavericks, Cowboys and NBA officials are "working with Arlington fire marshals and public safety officials to determine how many more standing-room tickets can be sold." Ussery: "Whether or not we get to 100,000, we don't know." The largest basketball attendance on record was 78,129 for a Kentucky-Michigan State game at Ford Field in December '03 (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 1/28).
CHARGE ACCOUNT: Sports finance consultant Mitchell Ziets yesterday offered San Diego's Centre City Development Corp. board an "overview of recent stadium projects," noting that the public investment in 11 football stadium projects since '02 averaged 54%. In San Diego, Matthew Hall notes Ziets' analysis "means the taxpayer contribution to a new Chargers stadium" could be in the $400M range based on the team's estimated $700-800M cost of building a new venue in downtown San Diego. The CCDC is "months away from preparing a financing plan that might work for the city and the team." Yesterday marked Ziets' "first public appearance since CCDC retained his firm, Evolution Media Capital, for $160,000" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/28).
Rose Garden Arenas Has Been Certified LEED
Gold, Second Highest Ranking In The Program
JOINING FORCES: In Columbus, Barbara Carmen reports a "new fan group is working to build community support for fixing the Blue Jackets' financial troubles, which officials have said could endanger the team's future" in the city. Forward Together has "set up an online petition for central Ohioans to express support for a solution." The group is "getting an assist from" Blue Jackets Owner John McConnell, and has "hired Hinson Ltd. Public Relations for 60 days to help it organize and set up its Web site, www.forwardtogethercolumbus.org." More than "2,300 visitors had signed an online petition of support by mid-yesterday" (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 1/28).
BACK TO SCHOOL: Sources indicated that the Univ. of Massachusetts and the Univ. of New Hampshire have "reached a two-year agreement" for their football teams to play each other at Gillette Stadium beginning this year. In Boston, Mark Blaudschun notes Patriots Owner Robert Kraft is "exploring the idea of playing more college games" at the stadium, and there is the "possibility of Notre Dame making a visit in the future, although nothing official has been done toward that end" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/28).