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Published June 7, 2011
ROSES ARE RED: In California, Brenda Gazzar reported Legacy Connections, a "private fundraising group created to close a $12 million gap in the Rose Bowl's $152-million renovation project," has raised more than $3 million in gifts and pledges since January. Among the donations is a "$500,000 gift from Pasadena residents Carolyn and Charles Miller." Officials said that the couple will "have their names placed above one of the historic stadium's tunnels, Tunnel 19" (PASADENA STAR NEWS, 6/5).
NOTES: In Illinois, Ashok Selvam notes the expansion ECHL Chicago Express have “entered a three-year deal to play their homes games at the Sears Centre.” Team Owner Craig Drecktrah said that “season ticket sales are high.” Drecktrah: “We’re very pleased at what’s happening, the same thing with sponsorships” (Illinois DAILY HERALD, 6/7)....N.C.-based marketing and developing firm Sports & Properties, Inc. has completed a naming-rights sponsorship valuation analysis of The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., for the Gwinnett Convention & Visitors Bureau. The 13,000-seat venue plays host to the ECHL Gwinnett Gladiators and the AFL Georgia Force (SPI).