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Phase One Construction Of Philly Live Will
Begin In April And Be Completed By Mid-2012

In Philadelphia, Dan Geringer notes the proposed 350,000-square-foot Philly Live complex has "shrunk to a 40,000-to-45,000-square-foot 'Phase One' building featuring a huge sports bar with Philadelphia hockey and hoops memorabilia." The Spectrum is being demolished tomorrow, and it is taking place "by wrecking ball, not implosion, so it will take months to bring down the building, fill in the hole and prepare the Spectrum lot for development." As a result, Comcast Spectacor VP/Public Relations Ike Richman said that Phase One construction is "expected to begin in April and be completed by mid-2012" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 11/22).

POSSIBLE THROW-IN: In Newark, Ted Sherman cited New Jersey state officials as saying that "at least four suitors remain at the table in a possible redevelopment deal for the long-stalled Xanadu complex in the Meadowlands -- which could include the nearby Izod Center." Former NJSEA Chair Jon Hanson, who is "heading a special governor's commission on the state's gaming and entertainment industry," said that his panel "expects to file recommendations to Gov. Chris Christie on the dormant $2 billion mall project before Christmas." Hanson acknowledged that Izod Center, "which is part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex and is adjacent to Xanadu, has been part of the discussions." Hanson: "It's not being marketed with Xanadu, but the arena has been discussed. We cannot have a solution on the arena until Xanadu is addressed" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 11/21).

TWIN BUILDING: In Minneapolis, Joe Christensen reported the Twins' Spring Training complex in Ft. Myers, Fla., is "about to grow." Lee County is "close to acquiring 15 acres on the south end of the complex," and with the additional land, which is priced at about $5M, the Twins "would have additional parking space, a fifth full-sized practice diamond and various projects around Hammond Stadium." Fans by '12 also "could see an outfield party deck, expanded concessions and a bigger team merchandise store" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/20).

TITANS OF ROCK: In Nashville, Michael Cass reported U2 "will play at Vanderbilt Stadium" during their trip to the city next summer. The Titans, who operate LP Field, "were approached by U2's promoters but turned them down, citing scheduling conflicts." LP Field's agreement with the June 9-12 CMA Music Festival says that "no other concerts can be held within 30 to 45 days of the festival unless" the CMA "gives its blessing" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 11/21).

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