SBD/Issue 184/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

In Edmonton, Andrew Hanon reports the Oilers have "abruptly changed course in their drive to build a downtown arena." The Katz Group Exec VP/Sports & Entertainment Bob Black yesterday announced that the Oilers "will postpone the public hearing on their project until they could figure out how it will be paid for -- or more specifically, how much public money they want." The public hearing -- "required by law for every application to rezone land -- was scheduled for June 28." Black now "hopes to have it sometime in the fall, but couldn't say if they'd have it done and ready for public scrutiny before or after November's civic election." The Katz Group "will use the extra time to work out its financing plan" (EDMONTON SUN, 6/8).

TCU Closing In On $105M Needed To
Begin Renovations At Amon G. Carter Stadium

HOME IMPROVEMENTS: In Ft. Worth, Mac Engel cites sources as saying that TCU is 80% "complete toward reaching the required $105 million to begin the remaking" of Amon G. Carter Stadium. TCU officials "expect to have the necessary funding by June 30." The school then will "likely officially unveil the drawings for the ambitious update of the 80-year-old stadium that will include more suites, a reduction in seating capacity and more modern amenities." The football stadium "currently features a total of six suites." The "initial goal for the new stadium was 34 suites, but that figure has been reduced to 25." The school is calling the renovation the "single biggest project in the history of TCU athletics." The renovation process is "projected to begin immediately after the completion of the 2010 season" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 6/8).

SNEAK PEEK: In New Jersey, DiTrani & Pelzman report Giants and Jets fans "can get their first look at New Meadowlands Stadium next week," when the teams hold minicamp practices. Fans are "welcome to attend the Giants' afternoon minicamp practice next Tuesday," and they "must sign up for a free ticket at" Jets fans "will be able to tour the new stadium before practice begins" next Wednesday; gates "will open at 9:30 a.m." Tickets "will not be needed for that event" (Bergen RECORD, 6/8).

BOUNCE PASS: In Orlando, Sandra Pedicini notes businesses on West Church Street for the last two years have had to "endure living in a construction zone for the new Amway Center." Business has "plummeted, but the owners have hung on because they think the payoff will be great." The city and the Magic have "paid $50,000 for a consultant to work with the business owners to help some of them plan new ventures for their shops that might blend better with the arena" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 6/8).

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