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USTA Has Claimed That A Roof At Arthur Ashe Stadium Would Be Prohibitively Expensive

Indianapolis' Capital Improvement Board on Monday approved spending up to $1.6M for a new ribbon board at Conseco Fieldhouse to be "installed around the entire upper fascia of the arena between the second and third levels." Conseco and Arco Arena are the only two NBA arenas "without that type of signage, which typically is used for advertisements and other announcements." In addition, the "four panels atop the scoreboard in the center of the fieldhouse that scroll messages will be replaced with LED lamps." That message board will be paid for by the $3.5M the CIB allotted the arena "as part of its agreement with Pacers Sports & Entertainment" (IBJ.com, 9/14).

HELPING A NEIGHBOR IN NEED: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn indicated that he is "optimistic that if Missouri doesn’t find a way to help build a new stadium for the St. Louis Rams in the next decade, his state could become a player." Quinn said, "I think it's important for Illinois and Missouri to work together for the betterment of the region." Previously, Illinois state Sen. President John Cullerton and Collinsville State Rep. Jay Hoffman said that "keeping the Rams in the region is a priority" (KMOX.com, 9/13).

RAZE THE ROOF? SI.com's Jon Wertheim wrote the USTA might "be correct in their claims" that Arthur Ashe Stadium is "too big and that a roof would be prohibitively expensive." But do not "insult us with the assertion that building a roof would divert funds from our grassroots programs." Wertheim: "That's a false dichotomy" (SI.com, 9/14).

WILDCAT FORMATION: MLS Philadelphia Union President Tom Veit said that "preliminary discussions with Villanova University have taken place regarding the possibility of PPL Park becoming the home of Villanova football." Villanova, an FCS school for football, is said to be "considering an invite from the Big East Conference" to join the FBS (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 9/13).

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