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SBD/August 31, 2011/Facilities
Published August 31, 2011
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: TENNIS.com'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" (TENNIS.com, 8/30).