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SBD/November 30, 2011/Facilities
Published November 30, 2011
MILLING ABOUT: In Baltimore, Jeff Zrebiec noted McDaniel College was the Ravens training camp home for the previous 15 summers, but the “seven-year contract between the two sides expired after the 2010 season, and due to the shortened training camp brought on by the extended NFL lockout this past summer, the Ravens opted to prepare for this season at the team's complex in Owings Mills.” The fact that an agreement “has yet to be reached has led to some outside speculation that the Ravens could choose to keep their training camp in Owings Mills, whether it's at their own complex or the new multi-million football facility built at nearby Stevenson University.” Stevenson Assistant VP/Public Relations John Buettner in an e-mail said the school "has not had any formal talks with the Ravens regarding hosting their training camps” (BALTIMORESUN.com, 11/27).
RENOVATION STATION: The Univ. of Florida announced that renovations to the west concourse of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium “began on Monday and will run through the beginning of the 2012 football season.” A UF release noted that the University Athletic Association “approved the changes to improve fan experience.” In Orlando, Rachel George noted the concourse “will be widened with the concession stands expanded and upgraded, bathrooms will be renovated and new first-aid stations will be added.” Graphics and signs “will also be updated” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 11/28).
EXPANSION PLANS: Disney yesterday announced plans to “expand the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.” Walt Disney World officials said that “additional playing fields are planned, as well as more lights, digital video boards and audio systems.” The expansion plans “involve adding 25 acres to the 270-acre complex,” and the project “should be completed by early 2012” (WESH.com, 11/29).