SBD/January 14, 2011/Facilities

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Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District officials said that “year one of Champions Square was a success.” The commission on Wednesday “praised the entertainment square outside of the Superdome that opened this past summer.” In New Orleans, Nakia Hogan notes in “just more than four months, and with just 16 days of operation, the 60,000-foot square that typically opened before New Orleans Saints games and other big events at the Superdome netted the LSED more than $800,000 in revenue.” LSED BOD members said that “that number is expected to more than double this year as more events are added” (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 1/14).

UP ON THE ROOF: In Minneapolis, Kevin Duchschere notes repairs to the Metrodome roof could “take until April if only the five ruptured panels need replacing,” or it could be “until August if it’s decided that a new roof is necessary.” Damage to the roof sustained in the early 80's took a maximum of four days to fix, but Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Dir of Facilities & Engineering Steve Maki said that “much more of the air-supported roof was torn up in the Dec. 11-12 blizzard than in earlier snowstorms.” Duchschere notes the “once state-of-the-art roof is 30 years older and showing its age” (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/14).

GONE SHOPPING: In Green Bay, Tony Walter notes the Packers are “behind efforts to attract a major outdoor sports retail outlet” to the newly developed facility located west of Lambeau Field. Packers VP/Administration & General Counsel Jason Wied said that team officials “discussed the opportunity to bring a major business anchor to the prime location.” He “wouldn’t confirm that Bass Pro Shops is the likely tenant” (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 1/14).

SOMETHING FISHY: In Ft. Lauderdale, Dave Hyde wrote the NHL Panthers' opposition to the Dolphins using Broward County taxes to help fund Sun Life Stadium renovations “makes you wonder what really is going on.” Sunrise Sports & Entertainment President & COO Michael Yormark at a Broward County Commission meeting this week said, “The Dolphins clearly intend to turn their stadium into a multi-purpose entertainment facility that can compete with the BankAtlantic Center for entertainment programming.” But Hyde wrote, “This has nothing to do [with] where concerts go. The Panthers’ parent company is about to ask for some more public money for themselves to help a franchise in trouble. Otherwise, why act hypocritical over public funding of teams and involve themselves in a fight that has nothing to do with them?” (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 1/11). 

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