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Published October 24, 2013
OLYMPIC PROPORTIONS: The AP's Yuri Kageyama reports Japan is "scaling down the planned main stadium" for the '20 Tokyo Games, following "an uproar from some prominent architects who think it's too big and expensive." Japan Sports Minister Hakubun Shimomura yesterday said the projected stadium cost of US$3B is "too massive a budget." Kageyama notes the "futuristic-looking" stadium would contain 80,000 seats (AP, 10/24).
WELCOME TO MIAMI: In Miami, Evan Benn wrote of the $3.5M upgrades to AmericanAirlines Arena's two Flagship Lounges, "Out with the drab grays, tired furniture and worn carpets; in with a sleek, modern design that feels one part frequent-flier airport club, one part glitzy South Beach restaurant." The lounges have "improved cocktails and food" and are "accessible only to those with courtside or Flagship seats -- the two priciest vantage points in the house" (MIAMIHERALD.com, 10/23).
SOONER OR LATER: In Oklahoma, Jason Kersey reports among the agenda items for yesterday's Univ. of Oklahoma Board of Regents meeting was "Gaylord Family -- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium 2013 Master Plan Update." The meeting agenda stated that the "item was presented for information only, and 'no action is required.'" The agenda also stated that architecture firm Populous "will review and update the Master Plan" (OKLAHOMAN, 10/24).