SBD/Issue 151/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

In San Diego, Nick Canepa notes the idea of putting a "soft, retractable roof" on a new downtown Chargers stadium is "starting to enter the picture." Chargers Special Counsel Mark Fabiani: "The idea is a good one. You've got to make people come in year-round." Canepa wrote the stadium "would have to be multi-purpose," and Fabiani noted there "has been some discussion about a retractable roof, creating an event center." Fabiani: "It could hold big conventions that require a lot of flat space our convention center doesn't have. It could host a Final Four." Fabiani added a soft roof is "not hugely expensive" and is "much less expensive in a good climate." Fabiani: "It's not going to cost $200[M] to put on a roof" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 4/20).

Target Field Described As
Greenest Ballpark In America

GREEN WITH PRAISE: In K.C., Kevin Collison notes Populous officials were "popping with pride last week at the great reception" Target Field received. The ballpark is being "described as the greenest in America after earning a Silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council," and Collison notes "besides being well served by mass transit and bicycle routes, green features include a massive cistern system buried under the warning track to contain storm water that will be filtered and reused to wash down the seating bowl and for irrigation." Additionally, more than 30% of Target Field's installed materials "contain recycled content." Populous has designed 17 MLB ballparks, and its 18th "will be the Florida Marlins ballpark scheduled to open in 2012 in Miami" (K.C. STAR, 4/20).

READY BY AUGUST: In K.C., Michael Mansur reports Arrowhead Stadium's renovations are "right on schedule." Jackson County (MO) Sports Complex Authority Exec Dir Jim Rowland yesterday said, "We are on target with everything at Arrowhead." Rowland said that through March 20, nearly $347M "had been spent on Arrowhead improvements" (K.C. STAR, 4/20).

PERFECT '10: In Albany, Carol DeMare reports it was a "good first quarter for the Times Union Center." Earning figures were not available, but arena officials said that "a total of 48 events from January through March drew more than 260,000 people." The officials noted the Times Union Center in '09 made a $1.75M profit, the "second highest in the arena's 20 years and nearly double the 2008 profits" (Albany TIMES UNION, 4/20).

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