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SBD/June 21, 2013/Facilities
Published June 21, 2013
BUSINESS BOON: A Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL editorial stated Daytona Int'l Speedway's plan to renovate the front stretch "augurs well for the future of the Speedway -- and Daytona Beach." The project "likely will mark the beginning of major new commercial development on the western end of the city's International Speedway Boulevard corridor." But "jobs -- and more jobs -- will be the theme after the first shovel is turned." It "hardly needs saying that all this represents a major investment in the future of the track and the Daytona Beach area" (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 6/19).
LOOKING AHEAD: Oilers President & CEO Patrick LaForge said that the "final blueprint" for the team's new downtown arena will be "in their hands in late September, with construction manager PCL then having four weeks to come to a price tag." In Edmonton, David Staples noted PCL’s mandate is to "not go over" the C$480M price "set by city council and the Katz Group." Once a price is "guaranteed, the construction company must pay for over runs." Ground will be "broken in January 2014, with construction lasting 29 months and the new arena opening in September 2016, for the 2016-17 season" (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 6/20).
NOT SO NEW: In Winnipeg, Bartley Kives notes the concrete slabs on the concourse at Investors Group Field are "beset with cracks, described as cosmetic" by venue builder BBB Stadium Chair Phil Sheegl. CFL Blue Bombers Dir of Communications & Media Relations Darren Cameron in a statement said that there are "no structural concerns regarding the cracks in the slab concrete." Sheegl said that the Blue Bombers will "not be on the hook for maintaining the concrete" (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 6/21).