SBD/Issue 20/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

Consol Energy Center Is The Fourth New
Facility To Open In Pittsburgh Since '01

In Pittsburgh, Kevin Gorman writes the debut of Consol Energy Center Thursday night for the Penguins' regular-season opener "completes this Pittsburgh sports renaissance, one that witnessed the Pirates move into PNC Park, the Steelers and Pitt football into Heinz Field and Pitt basketball into Petersen Events Center.” All four facilities are “among the best buildings in their sport, and it doesn’t hurt that the three pro sports venues are within walking distance of Downtown.” Not only have the new arenas “changed the city’s infrastructure, they also should put to rest the perception of Pittsburgh as a small-market sports town” (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 10/8).

NEW HOT SPOT: In Toronto, Joe Warmington writes Maple Leaf Square is the “new place to watch a Leafs game,” and “hundreds did” Thursday night as the Maple Leafs hosted the Canadiens in the season opener for both teams. Warmington: “With the giant LG jumbo screen, and the sounds of Hockey Night in Canada jacked up, this was the place to be. It’s part tailgate party and part urban picnic -- complete with lawn chairs and the Moultons’ Maple Leafs blanket” (TORONTO SUN, 10/8).

WILL YOU ACCEPT THIS ROSE? The Rose Bowl Operating Company on Thursday endorsed a $152M renovation plan for the Pasadena stadium, “clearing the way for final City Council approval Monday.” The agency that manages the facility “unanimously voted to recommend the renovation project and financing plan of the historic stadium, including 30-year lease extensions with UCLA and the Tournament of Roses” (PASADENA STAR NEWS, 10/8).

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN: Lagardere Unlimited announced Thursday a new college basketball event titled “The Showcase,” to be played this year at Americans Airlines Center in Dallas on Dec. 18. The doubleheader will feature Texas A&M-Arkansas in the opening game followed by Baylor-Gonzaga. The event is the first of what is planned as an annual college basketball event in Dallas each season. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN2 and Westwood One radio (Lagardere Unlimited).

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