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SBD/April 13, 2012/Facilities
Published April 13, 2012
ROAD WORK: Bristol Motor Speedway officials issued a statement confirming that SMI Chair & CEO Bruton Smith and BMS Exec VP & GM Jerry Caldwell will hold a news conference April 25 to announce “details on the track facelift.” In Tennessee, Allen Gregory noted on Wednesday, workers “began removing the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barrier around the half-mile concrete track in preparation for the changes.” But Caldwell “did not offer any specifics as to exactly what alterations” Smith had in mind. He did offer “his assurances that the track work will be complete in time" for the Aug. 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Irwin Tools Night Race (TRICITIES.com, 4/12).
PARTY PLANNING: In Tampa, Van Sickler & Danielson note a kickoff party for the Republican National Convention at Tropicana Field is “not a done deal.” Tampa Bay Host Committee exec Bill Edwards on Thursday said that an “unresolved question in planning the party concerns how much of the Trop's field could be used for the Aug. 26 event.” Edwards added that he is “not involved in negotiations and has only heard from others with the host committee about the question concerning the field at the Trop" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 4/13).
THE FINAL SAY: In New Jersey, John Brennan reported a N.Y. court Thursday “offered the final legal say on a dispute regarding the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn.” A N.Y. State Appellate Court panel -- in “upholding New York Supreme Court Judge Marcy Friedman’s ruling from last July -- dismantled the case made by the project’s backers," including the Empire State Development Corp. Brennan noted the ruling does “not derail” the Nets’ scheduled September opening of the Barclays Center (NORTHJERSEY.com, 4/12).