SBD/January 20, 2011/Facilities

Facility Notes

Citizens Bank Park's new scoreboard will be the largest in the National League
The Phillies are partnering with Sony Electronics' System Solutions Group and Daktronics for a $10M upgrade at Citizens Bank Park that includes the installation of a new HD video display that the team says will be the largest in the National League. The video board will measure 76 feet high and 97 feet wide, and total 7,372 square feet of digital space. The new display will be located under the Phillies sign in left field and will almost triple the size of the old video board. Construction has already begun with the removal of the original scoreboard, which has recently been relocated to the Phillies' Spring Training facility at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. (Phillies).

GOING ONCE… Penguins co-Owner and Chair Mario Lemieux’s locker from when he was a player is “among more than 550 pieces of Civic Arena memorabilia up for sale in the two latest auctions being conducted by AssetNation.” Fans can also bid on lockers with autographed nameplates used by Penguins C Sidney Crosby and “other current Penguins, sections of the arena dasherboard and glass, parts of the locker room floor -- even the toilet" from Lemieux's Civic Arena suite. Bidding has started at and “will run until the end of the month” (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 1/20). Pittsburgh city officials “relented Wednesday on a plan to auction a plaque commemorating Elvis Presley’s three concerts” at Civic Arena after Elvis fans “complained” (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 1/20).

ON THE AGENDA: In Las Vegas, Cy Ryan noted “despite two pending lawsuits, a petition to build an 18,000-seat arena on the Las Vegas Strip will be one of the first things to come before” the Nevada state Legislature this year. The Legislature “has 40 days to act on the plan, which pits casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. on one side supporting the proposal against MGM Resorts International, which opposes it.” Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval on Tuesday said that he “would veto the initiative in its present form because it contains a tax.” But he added that “there are ‘lots of things’ that could happen to the proposal” (LAS VEGAS SUN, 1/19).
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