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Facility Notes

In Denver, Joey Bunch notes people driving past Sports Authority Field at Mile High yesterday noticed a "new sign on the newly renamed football stadium." The sign was described as being an "off shade of the Denver Broncos' burnt orange," and it "lacked prominent display of the sacred subtitle 'At Mile High,' a tribute to the beloved Mile High Stadium." A Sports Authority spokesperson yesterday said that the sign is "just a temporary 'banner' that holds a place until the permanent sign goes up in the next week or two." The company also indicated that the new sign "will include 'At Mile High' and match the color of the Bronco uniforms" (DENVER POST, 8/31).

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: In St. Petersburg, Michael Van Sickler reports Mayor Bill Foster submitted "a two-page letter Tuesday to the St. Petersburg Times editorial board" concerning the Rays' ballpark effort. Foster in the letter "describes his plan to keep the Rays as a broad strategy that includes supporting private groups and business professionals who are 'knowledgeable about the economics of baseball and development.'" Foster did not "disclose names of specific developers who might be working on such a plan, nor did he divulge all the details of the city's efforts." Van Sickler notes Foster "strays from his St. Petersburg focus and calls his plan a strategy to keep the Rays 'competitive in the Tampa Bay region'" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 8/31).

NEW SHOW IN TOWN:'s Andrew Friedman wrote there is "a new show court at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, and its name is ... 'Court 17.'" The court currently seats 2,500. Friedman noted the seating, "while not terribly high, spreads out from the court and up at a very gradual angle; in many ways, it feels like the courtside tier of a much larger venue." Court 17 also offers "a number of immediate and irresistible benefits to the U.S. Open, namely a large, stadium-style venue for fan favorites and players of particular interest who might not merit a name-court booking" (, 8/30).
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