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  • MLS Expansion Club Eyeing Parcel Of Land In Bronx After Failed Stadium Bid In Queens

    MLS expansion club NYC FC, whose plan to build a stadium in Queens was "interrupted by community opposition, has a new site in mind: just south of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx," according to Charles Bagli of the N.Y. TIMES. If the latest proposal is successful, the club "would build a 25,000-to-30,000-seat stadium that offers connections to subways and rail lines, as well as Yankee Stadium and the Gateway Center, a large retail complex near the Harlem River." NYC FC, a partnership of EPL club Manchester City and the Yankees, is "negotiating with the owners of a nine-acre parcel between the Major Deegan Expressway and East 153rd Street." Yankees President Randy Levine said, "We’ve had preliminary discussions, but we’re a long way from any decision. We’re also considering sites in Queens and Brooklyn.” He emphasized that if a deal was "struck, it would not involve any parkland." Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said that he would "gauge the reaction of local residents in the coming weeks." Sitting on the parcel under consideration is a "parking garage for Yankee Stadium that is run by a troubled nonprofit, the Bronx Parking Development Company." The company in April defaulted on a $237M civic bond. NYC FC also would "have to acquire the land currently occupied by a highway ramp and a 100,000-square-foot factory" owned by GAL Manufacturing Corporation. A source said that the expansion club has "offered to build GAL a new factory elsewhere in the Bronx" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/30).

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  • College Football Facility Notes: Oklahoma State Opens New Indoor Practice Facility

    In Oklahoma City, Gina Mizell noted Oklahoma State is "no longer the only school in the Big 12 without an indoor practice facility, thanks to the completion of the Sherman Smith Training Center this past summer." The "massive structure across the street from Boone Pickens Stadium is not air conditioned or heated but instead features unique fabric doors that roll up and fans to circulate the air." The facility "includes four total fields." OSU already has "gotten plenty of use out of the Smith Center during fall camp, as the Cowboys' first two games will be indoors at Reliant Stadium in Houston and the Alamodome in San Antonio" (NEWSOK.com, 8/29).

    BYRD IS THE WORD: In DC, Alex Prewitt noted Maryland's Byrd Stadium "received a small makeover this offseason, adding panels honoring unanimous all-Americans attached to the garage overlooking the west end zone." Football coach Randy Edsall said that more plans "are in the works to honor past players and the history of Byrd Stadium, including murals and banners strung up along the first-floor concourse opposite Tyser Tower." Edsall said it is all part of “trying to enhance the brand” of the school. Edsall said that UM also might "add flag poles atop the stadium, where flags of the season’s opponents will fly" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 8/29).

    WATERING HOLE: In Iowa, Mitchell Schmidt noted the Univ. of Iowa, in an effort to make sure fans stay hydrated during this weekend's home opener, plans to "reduce the price of water sold at the concession stands, keep more paramedics on staff and install cooling stations in all four corners of Kinnick Stadium." UI Department of Public Safety Associate Dir Dave Visin said, "We're anticipating a lot of cases of dehydration or heat-related issues" (IOWA CITY PRESS-CITIZEN, 8/29).

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