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Luries Continue Efforts To Make Lincoln Financial
Field Entirely Self-Sufficient On Renewable Fuel

In L.A., Neela Banerjee noted Eagles Owners Jeffrey and Christina Lurie are “retrofitting Lincoln Financial Field with wind turbines, solar panels and a biodiesel-reliant power plant with the goal of making it the first major U.S. sports facility to be self-sufficient on renewable fuel.” The Luries' “ambitious timetable calls for everything to be ready at the 67,000-seat stadium by next season's NFL opener.” Nearly “everything that can be recycled, from tarps to cooking oil, is repurposed,” and “much else is composted, including the unexpected, such as beer cups made of corn-based plastic” (L.A. TIMES, 1/9).

HONORARY STATUES: The Yankees have erected a statue of late Chair George Steinbrenner at their Spring Training complex in Tampa. The “600-pound, life-size bronze statue was put on a marble stand” Friday at the entrance of the ballpark named for Steinbrenner, who died in July. The “6-foot statue, on a 3-foot granite pedestal, is identical to one in the lobby of new Yankee Stadium.” A formal ceremony is “scheduled to take place before the Yankees’ spring training opener against the Phillies on Feb. 26” (AP, 1/7). Meanwhile, the Blackhawks yesterday announced plans to unveil statues of Hockey HOFers Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita. The bronze life-sized statues, which will be sculpted by the Rotblatt/Amrany Fine Art Studio, will be located outside of United Center. The statues will be unveiled early in the ’11-12 NHL season (Blackhawks).

TAX MAN COMETH: In Salt Lake City, Lee Davidson reports MLS Real Salt Lake's Rio Tinto Stadium in '10 “failed to pay its property taxes on time.” The taxes totaled more than $1.5M, and “make the stadium the single largest tax delinquent in Salt Lake, Utah and Davis counties.” Real Salt Lake Public Affairs Dir Trey Fitz-Gerald said, “It should be paid within a couple of weeks.” When asked if Real Salt Lake is in any financial trouble, Fitz-Gerald said, “No, not at all” (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 1/10).

SLICK DEAL: In Indianapolis, Curt Cavin reports Lucas Oil Products acquired naming rights to O’Reilly Raceway Park in Clermont, Ind., which will now be known as Lucas Oil Raceway. Terms of Lucas’ “multiyear contract with NHRA, which owns the facility, were not revealed.” Lucas also has a naming rights to Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 1/10).

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