SBD/Issue 244/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

First Phase Of Rose Bowl Renovation Would
Include Bigger Press Box, New Scoreboard

In California, Brenda Gazzar reports the Pasadena Design Commission this week "approved a concept design for the first phase" of a $171M renovation of the Rose Bowl, with "an eye toward preserving the best of the historic stadium's past." The commission approved the "location and shape of the stadium's press box; a design for signs and a new score board; a landscaping scheme; tunnel expansion plans; and a design for remodeled bathrooms." At least "four of the stadium's tunnels will be widened for easier access on the south end," while the new press box "will be about four times the square footage of the existing one" (PASADENA STAR NEWS, 9/2).

TRICK-OR-RETREAT: In Louisville, Jennie Rees reported Churchill Downs has "canceled plans for a night-racing card on Halloween, which falls on the traditional Sunday opening day of its fall meet." The track now will have "only one night card at the 21-day meet." The change "does not impact the plans of the Breeders’ Cup to finish under the lights on Nov. 5 and 6." Rees noted CDI officials had been "excited about experimenting with a Halloween night card." Track President Kevin Flanery in a statement said, "It remains an idea that we will study closely down the road" (, 9/1).

MILLER LIGHT: The Miller Park stadium district received a total of $1.86M in "sales-tax collections in August, 4.8% below what was collected last August." District Exec Dir Mike Duckett said that the August distribution "was more than $357,000 short of forecast." Year to date, sales-tax collections are "now more than $810,000 behind the district's forecast for the year." The district still is "committed to ending the tax when all financial obligations to pay for the stadium are met, but it is not known when that will be." The most recent estimates suggest "somewhere between 2016 and 2018" (, 9/1).

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