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In DC, Steven Goff cited sources as saying that a proposed men's soccer friendly between the U.S. and Germany on June 2 would "almost certainly take place" at RFK Stadium or FedExField. The USSF is "finalizing the match as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations and has focused on the Washington area so it could coincide with the organization’s annual general meeting in the nation’s capital in late May or early June." RFK is "available because D.C. United plays at Chicago that day" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 1/9).

CRACKING DOWN: In Green Bay, Maria Amante noted it is "unclear" whether security precautions enacted by the Packers for last weekend's NFC Wild Card game "will be permanent for upcoming stadium events." A season-high 91 people were "ejected from the stadium and 21 were arrested" last weekend, "despite the fact that alcohol sales for much of the stadium stopped at the beginning of the third quarter, which is earlier than normal." Green Bay Police Lt. Jody Buth said that future enforcement of the "early end to alcohol sales and 'zero tolerance' approach is up in the air" (GREENBAYPRESSGAZETTE.com, 1/9).

LIKE A ROCK: In Newark, Peggy McGlone reports Prudential Center beat out Izod Center as New Jersey’s "busiest concert arena," while placing 23rd in the world and sixth in the U.S. on Pollstar’s '12 list of top arenas. Barclays Center, which opened Sept. 28, debuted at No. 32 in the world "with paid attendance of 356,512 for just three months of operations." New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority President & CEO Wayne Hasenbalg said that the special events surrounding Barclays Center's opening "skew its numbers" (NJ.com, 1/10).

OLD COLLEGE TRY: BASEBALL AMERICA's Aaron Fitt noted the National College Baseball HOF "took a major step toward becoming a reality Tuesday, thanks to a $5 million capital campaign grant from the Moody Foundation." The grant brings the total raised toward the campaign to build a HOF in Lubbock, Texas, to approximately $7M, "not including the value of the land committed by the City of Lubbock." The total campaign goal is $13M, with $9M "needed for facility construction" and a $4M endowment (BASEBALLAMERICA.com, 1/8).
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