SBD/April 24, 2012/Facilities

Facility Notes

In California, Dan Woike reports Staples Center is “on the cusp of some found money and exposure” with all three of its tenants set to participate in the postseason at least through the next two weeks. Between the Lakers, Clippers and NHL Kings, the arena is guaranteed to host at least eight playoff games. Staples Center Senior VP & GM Lee Zeidman: “It’s something we could only dream of at the start.” Zeidman said that while the Staples Center schedule is cleared for most of the postseason and it “seems unlikely to be necessary,” he is preparing to host at least one postseason doubleheader (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 4/24).

GETTING IT DONE: Univ. of Washington AD Scott Woodward said the $250M renovation of Husky Stadium is "on time and on budget." In Seattle, Bob Condotta notes the stadium is set to be complete for the '13 football season. UW had a goal of raising $50M "in major gifts by the end of construction," and Woodward said the current total is $48.5M. Woodward: "I was scared beyond belief. But here again, hard work and belief in our program and belief in this university, our donors step up year in and year out.” Woodward said that the money “came from many corners.” Woodward: “I don’t have one big donor that wrote a big check. We have a bunch of healthy donors that have stepped up" (SEATTLE TIMES, 4/24).
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