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Published June 22, 2012
NOT ON OUR DIME: In Chicago, Mahr & Ryan reported Bridgeview officials “stung by a costly soccer stadium got an earful from angry residents Wednesday who complained of a lack of answers on how much the struggling venture will cost them.” Resident Marge Woods said, “I would really like to know what the village plan is to handle this enormous debt. You can't do it on the backs of us taxpayers." Toyota Park, the taxpayer-owned home of the MLS Chicago Fire, “has come up millions of dollars short of making its debt payments since opening in 2006,” and the town “has nearly tripled property taxes in less than a decade” (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 6/21).
NOTES: The Ralston Arena, set to open in October, has selected New Era Tickets to provide customized ticketing technology and related services. The facility, based in Ralston, Neb., will be 95,000 square feet and serve as the home facility for the USHL Omaha Lancers, Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha men’s basketball and Indoor Football League Omaha Beef (New Era)....In N.Y., Rich Calder reports a week after "the Chris Brown vs. Drake bottle-throwing melee at SoHo hotspot W.i.P., Barclays Center reps made a point of assuring state liquor officials that there will be no bottle service -- expect for champagne and wine -- at arena director Jay-Z's latest outpost" of his 40/40 Club (N.Y. POST, 6/22).