SBD/Issue 126/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

In Orlando, Mark Schlueb reported when the Magic move to Amway Center next season, "most of the furnishings in the old Amway Arena will be left behind, as the NBA team and the city spend more than $19[M] on brand-new furnishings." Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer Press Secretary Heather Allebaugh said the new furnishings are "within the original" $480M budget for the arena. Schlueb noted purchasing records indicate that city officials and the Magic are "sparing no expense" in equipping the arena with new furnishings, "including items that might raise eyebrows." A new Zamboni is being purchased "at a cost of $87,600, even though the city already has an older model" and "doesn't have a hockey team." Schlueb noted the purchases "will include hockey goals, too" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 3/14).

RAW DEAL? In N.Y., Mike Lupica wrote, "At a time when the city and the state have no money to do anything, they kept plodding ahead on Atlantic Yards until they finally broke ground" on Barclays Center on Thursday. It was a "hustle in broad daylight by [developer and Nets Owner] Bruce Ratner from the start." It was "always a real estate deal masquerading as a sports deal, no matter how many politicians want you to believe they're bringing the basketball Dodgers to Brooklyn." Lupica: "You wonder why nobody trusts politicians around here anymore? Because of no-bid scams like this" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/14).

Dolphins Expand Kangaroo TV Partnership

STAYING MOBILE: The Dolphins Friday announced that they have renewed and expanded their partnership with Kangaroo TV for the '10 season. An additional 20,000 hand-held wireless devices will be manufactured in time for the '10 NFL season in order to provide Dolphins season-ticket holders with one device for every two seats free of charge. The device will be rebranded as Game Day vision (Dolphins).


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