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Published March 12, 2013
REPAVING TOBACCO ROAD: In North Carolina, Owen Covington reported Greensboro Coliseum as part of an $8.5M first phase of renovations has 9,000 "wider, cushioned seats with more leg room.” The upgrade is part of an overall $24M package of "upgrades and expansions at the complex" slated to be completed by '16. Coliseum Managing Dir Matt Brown said that the work “was completed on time” for the start of the ACC’s men’s and women’s basketball tournaments (BIZJOURNALS.com, 3/11).
MAKE A LITTLE BIRDHOUSE: In Atlanta, Greg Bluestein wrote Falcons Owner Arthur Blank should “count himself lucky he’s on the verge of getting any public funding" for a new $1B stadium. The team’s “tentative agreement" with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed for $200M in public funds "comes amid growing public backlash for using taxpayer support to finance pro football facilities.” It “wasn’t so long ago that the public picked up the entire tab on many stadiums," as the Georgia Dome was 100% "publicly funded" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 3/11).