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SBD/March 29, 2011/Facilities
Published March 29, 2011
CONTINGENCY PLAN: In Pittsburgh, Jeremy Boren reported the Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority "would tap into a reserve of ticket surcharges for the first time since" Heinz Field opened in August '01 if the NFL lockout "sacks the 2010-11 football season." Allegheny Regional Asset District Dir David Donahoe, whose organization pays $13.4M yearly toward debt for the $281M Heinz Field and PNC Park, said that the SEA "prepared for an NFL work stoppage." Each Steelers ticket sold "includes a surcharge equivalent to 5 percent of its value, up to $3 a ticket." SEA Exec Dir Mary Conturo said that each year, the authority "collects more than it needs for the $1.5 million debt payment from Steelers home games and other events," and the "excess goes into a reserve account that pays for stadium improvements" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 3/25).
OPEN SECRET: In N.Y., Doyle & Bennett reported the USTA has announced that the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park "will get a brand-new 3,000-seat stadium to complement its three existing arenas." The N.Y. Parks Department said that it "wouldn't require any public money and would not change the current borders beyond the 46.5 acres the tennis center already has." USTA Managing Dir of Corporate Communications Chris Widmaier said that the new stadium "could be ready for side matches at this summer's U.S. Open and will definitely open by 2012" (N.Y. POST, 3/28).