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Twins Planning To Add Another Video
Board To Target Field Next Season

Twins Owner Jim Pohlad said that the team "plans to add another video board next season above the right field upper deck seats" at Target Field. The new board "will take up about one-third of the current advertising space that angles above those right field seats" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/7). Meanwhile, a statue of Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman was unveiled outside Target Center yesterday (STARTRIBUNE.com, 10/6).

TOO RICH FOR MY BLOOD: In Cleveland, Mark Gillispie reported a "parking lot company that charged pedestrians headed to Browns' tailgate parties Sunday a $5 admission fee will get a review from Cleveland city leaders." Cleveland Council member Matt Zone on Monday told Department of Parks, Recreation & Properties Dir Michael Cox that he was charged $5 by Network Parking Co. Robert Triozzi, the city's Law Dir, said that Cleveland requires that "anytime a private entity charges an admission fee in Cleveland, it must register with the city so it can collect an admission" (CLEVELAND.com, 10/5).

JUST A LITTLE BIT LONGER: In West Palm Beach, Tom D'Angelo reported the construction company building Florida Atlantic Univ.'s on-campus football stadium said that the school "will have to wait until at least Oct. 15 of next season to play its first game" in the stadium, as a "September opening is unrealistic." FAU AD Craig Angelos noted that the football team "could be forced to play home games at Lockhart Stadium or possibly Sun Life Stadium" (PALM BEACH POST, 10/6).

THAT SINKING FEELING: Charlotte Motor Speedway officials said that a "sinkhole that formed in the infield" at the track is the "result of an underground collapse." The hole is "about 35 feet deep but does not affect the racing surface." CMS VP/Communications Scott Cooper said that repairing the hole before next week's NASCAR races at the track "could be close" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/6).

ADVENTURE ISLAND: The country of Qatar yesterday unveiled its "ultra-modern Lusail Stadium" that would host the "opening match and World Cup final in 2022 if its bid to stage the tournament wins FIFA's approval in December." The stadium, with an expected capacity of 86,000, would take "four years to build," would expected to be "completed by 2019 and would also be surrounded by water" (REUTERS, 10/6).

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