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In South Carolina, Andrew Miller reported College of Charleston's basketball and volleyball arena "will be renamed TD Arena this fall under the terms of a new licensing agreement with TD Bank." The naming-rights agreement "replaces the former agreement with Carolina First Bank, which was acquired by TD Bank last year." TD Bank "will pay a one-time fee of $600,000 to the College of Charleston." Under the former agreement, the school "received payments totaling $412,500 from Carolina First Bank" (Charleston POST & COURIER, 8/24).

RAISE THE ROOF: The Vikings this Saturday will play their first game at the Metrodome since the roof collapsed on Dec. 12, and Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Exec Dir Bill Lester said yesterday, "We're back in business. Even though it's a preseason game, there's a lot more electricity to it. The roof's in great shape." In St. Paul, Charley Walters writes the "most stunning observation for spectators inside might be the Dome's brightness." The new roof also "has a new acoustical product for better sound." Lester said, "It's still going to be the noisiest stadium in the NFL, but it will improve the quality of the sound" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 8/25).

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN: The Dynamo announced yesterday that all 213 President's Club seats in the MLS team's new stadium have sold out through the '13 season. Located at midfield on the west side of the stadium and covered by the roof, the President's Club seats include tickets to all Dynamo home games and 10 additional stadium events per year. Fans also receive VIP parking passes, access to the VIP Stadium Club Lounge and additional amenities. The team is expected to open its new facility next season (Dynamo).
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