SBD/Issue 243/Facilities & Venues

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  • Track Layout Unveiled For Proposed Austin Formula One Race

    F1 Track In Austin Could Hold Somewhere
    Between 130,000-140,000 Fans

    Full Throttle Productions Managing Partner Tavo Hellmund yesterday "unveiled the track layout" for the proposed F1 race in Austin, according to John Maher of the AUSTIN-AMERICAN STATESMAN. The 3.4-mile track "has 20 turns, a maximum elevation change of 133 feet, a back straightaway that is three-quarters of a mile long and a width that will vary between 39 and 52 feet." Hellmund said that the track will be "fast, have a signature start, pay homage to some of the world's best Grand Prix circuits and offer plenty of good sight lines for fans." He added that F1 cars "should be able to reach a top seed of 200 mph on the track," and that fans "should be able to see plenty of action from most of the turns and straightaways." Hellmund: "They will all offer good viewing because of the (changes in) elevation." Maher notes the track is "slated to be built on a 900-acre tract southeast of Austin and could hold 130,000 to 140,00 fans." Austin's first race is "slated for 2012," and December "has been mentioned as a possible starting date for construction" (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 9/1). Hellmund said that the track "will include grandstands near the start and finish line for at least 20,000 spectators with room for 50,000 or more around the rest of the track" (AP, 9/1).

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  • Facility Notes

    Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack
    Sponsoring Amway Center Bar

    The Magic yesterday announced a multiyear deal with Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack whiskey brand, which now will serve as the official sponsor for the Terrace Level patio bar at the new Amway Center. In addition to titling the Gentleman Jack Terrace, the brand will be designated as the team's official North American whiskey and will receive digital signage at the venue (Magic).

    IT'S MY PARTY! In Ft. Lauderdale, Sarah Talalay reported Party City will sponsor the "coverings on upper level seats that have been added to reduce capacity and create a more intimate setting at BankAtlantic Center" during NHL Panthers games. The blue coverings "reduce the number of seats" in the arena by nearly 2,500, but "can be removed should there be demand." Talalay wrote, "The idea is to generate revenue, but I wonder if the sponsor -- especially one promoting parties -- doesn’t bring more attention to the fact that no one’s sitting in those seats" (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 8/30).

    LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE: In Detroit, Mike Brudenell reports the UFC "looks almost certain to visit" the Palace of Auburn Hills on Nov. 20. Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission Chair Dr. James Weber yesterday said that the UFC "has inked the date and will bring to town some of its best fighters." Weber: "My understanding is that it is a done deal." The UFC last visited Detroit in '96 (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 9/1).

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