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Mariners Believe Recycling Efforts At Safeco
Field Will Save Club About $100,000 A Year
In the first three Mariners games at Safeco Field this season, 70% of "service ware -- cups, plates, even eating utensils -- used by Mariners fans and employees was recycled or composted," up from 38% last season, according to Susan Gilmore of the SEATTLE TIMES. Mariners Dir of Public Information Rebecca Hale said that the "emphasis on keeping food-serving-and-eating items out of the trash will save the team about $100,000 a year in landfill fees; last year, the team saved $60,000." Mariners VP/Ballpark Operations Scott Jenkins noted that there are "just 17 garbage cans" at Safeco Field this season, as "all the others have been replaced with 300 compost containers and 200 recycling bins." Hale said that plastic bottles "make up the largest single number of recyclable items" at Safeco, and as a result ballpark employees "sift through the garbage" to pull them out. Gilmore notes "almost everything else is compostable." Jenkins said that he envisions a 70% "compost and recycling rate" for the entire '10 MLB season, "and it could even get" up to 85%. Recycling at Safeco was at 12% of the waste in '05, before rising to 18% in '06, 25% in '07, 31% in '08 and 38% in '09 (SEATTLE TIMES, 4/21).
Legislation Would Allow School To Sell Alcohol
In Premium Seating Areas At TCF Bank Stadium
The Minnesota state Senate yesterday endorsed legislation that would allow the Univ. of Minnesota to "sell alcohol in premium seating areas" at TCF Bank Stadium, but "keep the rest of its campus football stadium dry," according to Dennis Lien of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. The Senate "gave preliminary approval to a higher-education bill that repeals a law passed last year requiring liquor be served throughout TCF Bank Stadium if it's served anywhere." The move to "relax the all-or-nothing approach is expected to face a tougher test" in the state House, but "even if it falters there, the Senate's stance would keep the issue in play in an upcoming Senate-House conference committee." State Sen. Sandy Pappas, who supports the new legislation, said that she "offered the measure because the Legislature's actions are costing the university money at a time when lawmakers also are cutting $36[M] from its budget" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 4/21). In Minneapolis, Mike Kaszuba reports the Senate, before the final vote, "voted 41-20 to reject an amendment that would instead have made alcohol available throughout the stadium." Jim Erickson, a longtime lobbyist representing Friends of Gopher Sports, a "group of influential athletic boosters and lobbyists organized to make alcohol available to premium seat holders," said that "changes made to the proposal Tuesday actually made the legislation more likely to pass the House." Under the revised proposal, "half of the net revenue from alcohol sales to premium seat holders would go to reducing the student stadium fee now being assessed." Erickson: "I think that almost guarantees passage by the House" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/21).
China's Planned $4B International Horse Racing
Complex Aims To Create A 'Tianjin Horse City'
China is planning to build a US$4B int'l horse racing complex outside the port city of Tianjin "in a bid to capitalise on growing interest in the sport which was officially banned for almost 60 years," according to Peter Foster of the London TELEGRAPH. The 10-year project, backed by Dubai-based developer Meydan Group, "aims to create a 'Tianjin Horse City' with an international equestrian college, horse-breeding centre, auction base, animal feed factory, racetrack, and 7-star hotel with sweeping, phoenix-shaped grandstand." Meydan Group said that it "had been invited by the Chinese government to use its know-how to take horse racing in China to the next level." Foster notes comparisons are being "drawn with Dubai which held its first race in 1992 with virtually no infrastructure in place, but within a decade was hosting the world's richest race, the $10M Dubai World Cup." China is "hoping to emulate that success, having legalised horse racing in 2008," but sources at the China Equestrian Association "cautioned that the country was still woefully short of the experience and expertise required to run such a project" (London TELEGRAPH, 4/21).