SBD/Issue 175/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

Target Field Reportedly Will Have New
System That Recycles Rain, Irrigation Water

In New Jersey, John Brennan reports Related Cos., which is "still in serious talks to take over the beleaguered Xanadu project," yesterday was "engaging in a series of preliminary conversations throughout the day with prospective tenants for the 2.3 million-square foot entertainment and retail project in East Rutherford." While state officials said that Related Cos. Chair & CEO and Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross "has yet to make a binding commitment to the project, the sales pitch for the project -- as with the mass-mailings to retailers -- touts Related but not current developer Colony Capital or its partners" (Bergen RECORD, 5/24).

FIRST OF ITS KIND: In Minneapolis, Susan Feyder reported Target Field by the end of this summer will have a system designed and installed by Pentair Inc. that "will be recycling rain and irrigation water to maintain the turf and wash down parts of the stadium." The system, the "first of its kind for a major sports facility, is expected to save more than 2 million gallons of water a year." Pentair VP/Strategic Planning & Corporate Communications Todd Gleason said that the Target Field system is "still being tested but already has drawn inquiries from dozens of other sports venues and commercial builders." There are "no other signed deals yet for the system, which Pentair donated to the Twins but otherwise would have cost about $100,000" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 5/23).

FESTIVAL FEEL: In Charlotte, Ron Green Jr. noted Charlotte Motor Speedway officials "have always worked to create a fan-friendly environment," but ahead of Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race there was "more of a festival feel around the front of the track." Forty-four companies "had displays and activities for fans, who filled the sprawling area Saturday afternoon." Organizers said that the "big thing this year ... was to reward existing customers as much as attract new ones." Toyota owners, for example, "could show their keys and get access to a private hospitality area" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 5/23).

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