SBD/Issue 245/Facilities & Venues

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In N.Y., Ken Belson reports the WNBA Liberty will play their home games "at the Prudential Center in Newark the next three seasons while Madison Square Garden is being renovated." The extra tenant is a "bonus for the Prudential Center" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/3). Liberty games "have become a hot ticket this season," as the team leads the WNBA in attendance, "averaging more than 11,000 fans per game" at MSG (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 9/3).

TCF Bank Stadium Revenue Helps Gophers
Nearly Double Profits For '09 Football Season

NEW BUILDINGS PAY OFF: In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman reports the Univ. of Minnesota earned gross revenue of $17.9M for the '09 football season at the new TCF Bank Stadium, compared with $10.5M in '08 at the Metrodome. UM in '09 turned a profit of $1.9M, "near double what the Gophers athletic department earned from football during their last season at the Dome." Meanwhile, the Twins reportedly will earn $20M in "corporate income this year compared with no more than" $10M when they played at the Metrodome (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/3).

NEW DOG HOUSE: In Seattle, Jon Fisch reported the Univ. of Washington "released renderings of the Husky Stadium renovations on Thursday." The $250M project was awarded to Seattle-based Wright Runstad & Co. last month, and construction is "tentatively scheduled to begin after the 2011 season" (, 9/2). UW also "released a fly-over video ... of what the finished product will look like" (, 9/2).

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