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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
GREEN & GOLD: In Portland, Dylan Rivera noted Rose Garden Arena has "accomplished the greenest retrofit of a sports stadium in the United States, an effort affirmed this week when energy efficiency measures and operational improvements were certified by a rigorous green building program." The arena this week "was certified LEED Gold, the second highest ranking in the program." A "handful of sports stadiums have been certified at the lowest levels of the LEED program, but among major league sports facilities, no new buildings or retrofits have reach[ed] the gold ranking" (Portland OREGONIAN, 1/27).

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).

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