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SBD/October 11, 2013/Facilities
Published October 11, 2013
SURVEYING THE FIELD: In DC, Jonathan O'Connell reported advocates from the DC Fiscal Policy Institute have "put together an early coalition of progressive activists, unions and Southwest residents to question" DC Mayor Vincent Gray’s plan to "pay for about half the cost of a new stadium" for MLS DC United on Buzzard Point. Under the mayor’s plan, DC would contribute as much as $150M "of land and infrastructure, about half the cost of a 20,000-seat stadium." DCFPI Exec Dir Ed Lazere said that he and his staff "aren’t hearing a lot of support for the mayor’s plan thus far, in part because" MLS is "not as popular a league" as MLB (WASHINGTON POST, 10/10).
LIFE IN THE FAST LANE: ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said Bristol Motor Speedway hosting a Virginia Tech-Tennessee football game in '16 is a "brilliant idea," as it will be the "college football equivalent of the Winter Classic" ("PTI," ESPN, 10/10). ESPN's Israel Gutierrez asked, "When is enough enough? I've been in Neyland Stadium when it had 110,000 people. It felt like it was going to fall over. What's the difference between that and 160,000? Is anybody going to be able to feel the difference?" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 10/10). SI’s Lee Jenkins: “The confluence of SEC football and NASCAR it is going to make for some incredible crowd shots” (“Rome,” CBSSN, 10/10).