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SBD/August 2, 2012/Facilities
Published August 2, 2012
THROWN OUT: In Las Vegas, Ed Vogel notes the Nevada Supreme Court yesterday in a reversal of its June 19 decision “threw off the November ballot a proposal to levy a 0.9 percent sales tax increase to raise funds to build a $500 million arena near the Imperial Palace.” In the order, justices said that the 200-word description on the Arena Initiative Committee's petition "did not tell signers that, if approved, the arena could only be constructed on property owned by Caesars Entertainment, not on one of three other sites where proposals to construct arenas have been made” (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 8/2).
TIDAL WAVE: TIDESPORTS.com’s Chase Goodbread reported the Univ. Of Alabama Board of Trustees Exec Committee “issued Stage I and Stage II approval for a new strength and conditioning facility that will be constructed adjacent to the Mal Moore Athletic Building.” The school has an architectural services contract with Davis Architects, whose fee “will be just under $600,000.” The size of the facility “will be approximately 34,000 square feet and it will be available to all UA student-athletes.” The projected completion date is January, '13 (TIDESPORTS.com, 8/1).
YOUR NAME HERE: In Albuqerque, Rick Wright notes in recognition of a $1.5M gift that Albuquerque lawyers Turner and Margaret Branch pledged to the Univ. of New Mexico athletic program, the school's football team “will be playing on Branch Field at University Stadium when they step on that new turf for the season opener Sept. 1.” UNM AD Paul Krebs said that the “turf will bear a ‘Branch Field’ logo at both 25-yard lines, with ‘Turner & Margaret’ below in smaller letters.” Krebs added that the naming rights to the football field “have been awarded for a period of 15 years.” He said that the $1.5M will be paid to UNM “in installments … pledged over a 7-year period” (ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL, 8/2).