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In Atlanta, Stafford & Tucker report the site of the new Falcons stadium yesterday "remained very much in flux" after a meeting of a Georgia World Congress Center Authority committee. GWCCA Exec Dir Frank Poe said that two potential stadium sites "remain on the table -- the preferred site immediately south of the Georgia Dome that requires buying two churches and an alternate site a half mile north of the Dome." With an Aug. 1 deadline to buy the church property approaching and no deal in place, the Falcons "want to begin 'due diligence work' on the alternate site" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 7/25).

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS: In N.Y., Perlman & McShane cited Pollstar data as showing that Barclays Center is "already the nation's No. 1 venue in the number of tickets sold and gate revenue." The arena "sold 657,423 tickets to concerts and family shows between Jan. 1 and June 30 -- the highest figure in the U.S." The only buildings worldwide "with better ticket sales numbers were the O2 arena in London and Manchester Arena in England -- and only the O2 outgrossed Barclays Center" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 7/24).

ICED COFFEE: Rhode Island Sports Commission Exec Dir John Gibbons said that the Dunkin’ Donuts Center "will bid for an NCAA Division I men’s hockey regional" in '15 and probably in '17. In Providence, Mark Divver reported Brown Univ. is "expected to be the host school." Gibbons said that the "deadline for the submission of bids is Sept. 20, and the NCAA will make its decisions in December" (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, 7/24).
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