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Published February 9, 2011
THAT’S A WRAP: In London, Graham Ruddick reports LOCOG has “reinstated plans for a fabric curtain to wrap around the Olympic Stadium by asking the private sector to stump up the cash.” LOCOG “asked for expressions of interest from businesses to supply” the US$11.3M wrap, and said it will "explore possible sponsorship opportunities." Potential sponsorship opportunities are “unclear because branding is not allowed on Olympic venues during Games time.” But LOCOG CEO Paul Deighton said it is "one of the last high-profile opportunities for a corporate sponsor to gain an association with the London 2012 Games" (London TELEGRAPH, 2/9).
EXTREME ARENA MAKEOVER: In Oklahoma City, Michael Baker notes the City Council yesterday “awarded about $36 million in contracts to finish" Oklahoma City Arena improvements, the "last pieces of a $100 million overhaul.” The final phase of the project will include “two new bars, a new restaurant, completion of locker rooms for coaches and an addition to the building that will include two floors of NBA offices.” Exterior lighting, landscaping and a "new entryway on the southwest side of the building also will be part of the project” (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 2/9).