SBD/Issue 176/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

In St. Paul, Charley Walters reported the demand for tickets during the Twins' inaugural season at Target Field has "caused the team to start selling standing-room-only seats." The Twins sold 200 standing-room-only tickets for last weekend's three-game series against the Brewers, and Twins President Dave St. Peter said, "We did some testing of that over the weekend, and we'll continue to monitor that going forward." He added, "We've been very cautious on that front. We want to make sure the building can sustain it and that traffic and congestion within the ballpark is limited" (, 5/24).

Churchill Downs To Host Themed
Night Racing Events This Year

UNDER THE LIGHTS: This year's night racing events under Churchill Downs' newly installed permanent lights "will be themed, beginning June 11 with 'Disco at the Downs,' when customers will be encouraged to dress in their favorite '70s garb." The June 18 date "will have a South Beach theme and June 25 will be the Dress to Impress theme that the track uses for its Friday afternoon happy hour cards." The July 2 title is "An American Party: Boots, Brew & BBQ," featuring a "regional beer garden." The track's two fall meets under the lights "will be an Oct. 31 Spirits and Spires event, followed by a Home for the Holidays theme on Nov. 19" (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 5/25).

CALIFORNIA DREAMS: A's Owner Lew Wolff on Friday reiterated that Fremont, Calif., "wasn't viable" anymore for his ballpark village, and said that the "housing meltdown had killed that plan." Wolff said, "We need to be in an established downtown." He is "still targeting a move to downtown San Jose" if MLB "gives the green light." But Fremont "continues to work with baseball officials" in an attempt to lure the A's to the city (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 5/23).

TECH CHECK: The AP reported Yankee Stadium "has a policy that prohibits fans from bringing laptops inside, and iPads are included in that ban." The Yankees said that it is a "security-and-safety issue." MLB said that the "issue of allowing iPads into stadiums was a team-by-team decision." The Mets, Angels and Mariners are "among the clubs that permit the tablet computers" (AP, 5/24).

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