SBD/Issue 161/Facilities & Venues

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The Minnesota state House yesterday "overwhelmingly rejected an effort to clear the way" for the Univ. of Minnesota to sell alcohol in premium seating at TCF Bank Stadium. The House voted 111-18 against the proposal to "lift an all-or-nothing approach to selling alcohol" at the football venue. However, because the state Senate "already has passed a bill giving the university that option, the issue likely will be decided in an upcoming House-Senate conference committee" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 5/4). The House yesterday also "overwhelmingly defeated a move to allow a similar alcohol sales plan" for UM's Williams and Mariucci arenas (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/4).

Kentucky Speedway's Chances Of Getting
A Sprint Cup Race In 2011 Looking Up

DRINK FROM THE CUP?'s Bob Pockrass reported Kentucky Speedway's "prospects of getting a Sprint Cup race in 2011 improved Friday as former co-owner Richard Duchossois dropped his lawsuit against former co-owner Jerry Carroll." It is unknown if there "definitely won’t be a request for an appeal to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, but it seems unlikely Carroll would have settled without a guarantee from Duchossois that there will be no more appeals." Without a request, SMI Chair & CEO Bruton Smith "should be able to realign a race from one" of his other tracks to Kentucky (, 4/30).

JERSEY SORE: In Newark, Ted Sherman reports the NJSEA has "sacked more than two dozen people" and cut its payroll by more than $1.3M after the Nets, Jets, Giants and MLS Red Bulls all relocated from authority-owned stadiums in the past 12 months. NJSEA officials said that they also are "working to cut operations costs, with the authority still facing" a $30M budget deficit. Jobs lost include "those in stadium operations for the old Giants Stadium, luxury suite marketing, sales and guest services" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 5/4).

THE CUTOFF MAN: In Chicago, Fran Spielman reports local Alderman Tom Tunney has revived his effort to "ban peddlers from a two-block area" around Wrigley Field. Street vendor Joe Sienkiewicz said that the new version of Tunney's ordinance "aims to eliminate vendors from the bustling corners of Addison and Clark and Addison and Sheffield." Sienkiewicz said that the legislation "could leave vendors jammed into 'one area off the beaten path of traffic'" near the ballpark (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 5/4).

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