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SBD/January 23, 2012/Facilities
Published January 23, 2012
UNIQUE CAMP: In Cincinnati, Joe Reedy notes when Bengals training camp opens at Paul Brown Stadium in July, it "should be a unique scene," as no other NFL team holds "regular practices inside their stadium." The only place "that could mirror that is New England, which has the Patriots Place development adjacent to Gillette Stadium and the practice fields." The one thing that is "certain is that no other team holds their camp downtown." Reedy asks, "How do you replicate the access that fans enjoyed at Georgetown and in many cases how do you improve it? And what are the special events and attractions going to be that the team touted in its release?" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 1/23).
OLYMPIC CONVERSION: In Atlanta, David Wickert notes local developers "want to turn the former Olympic tennis venue near Stone Mountain into a mammoth sports, commercial and residential complex that would host young athletes from across the country." Plans submitted to Gwinnett County indicate that the 207-acre complex would "include a 7,000-seat arena, 33 sports fields, 700 hotel rooms, 915 town homes and 180,000 square feet of commercial space." David Stedman, a partner in the proposed Stone Mountain Athletic & Recreational Training Center, "cautioned that the project is in its early stages and would take a decade to fully develop" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/23).