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SBD/October 29, 2013/NBA Season Preview
NBA Facility Notes: Pelicans Hoping Renovated New Orleans Arena Marks Dawn Of New Era
Published October 29, 2013
MAGIC THE GATHERING: In Orlando, Mark Schlueb wrote the $1.7M that the Magic could receive from the city to build a sports-and-entertainment complex "will ensure downtown Orlando gets something it badly needs: conference space." Magic sister company SED Development is "negotiating to buy city-owned property across the street" from Amway Center for $12.7M. The company "plans to tear down the buildings" and erect a $100M entertainment complex "with office space, bars, restaurants, retail space, a parking garage and an outdoor-festival plaza." The Magic's plans "already include a hotel and conference center as well." The conference center would be "about 40,000 square feet, able to accommodate at least 1,000 people." The tax money has been "approved by a city advisory board, but it still requires a City Council vote." The overall purchase agreement with the Magic is "expected to go to before the council" Nov. 25 (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 10/27).
BRIDGE THE GAP: On Long Island, Nick Klopsis reported the "much-anticipated Chase Bridges" at MSG were a "hit with Knicks fans" during Friday's preseason game against the Bobcats. Fans in the section had "nothing but praise for their new seats." Knicks fan Dan Wood said, "It's a great perspective. It's basically a TV perspective, but slightly higher up." Tickets to the bridges range from $110-150 per seat. The North Bridge is "devoted entirely to fan seating; the South Bridge is split between media and fans" (NEWSDAY, 10/27).
GO LOCAL: In N.Y., Jeanette Settembre reported Barclays Center has "expanded its Brooklyn Taste food program just in time for the Nets’ Nov. 1 home opener, upgrading to 55 Brooklyn-based vendors from last season’s 37." Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said, "We want people to come in and taste the best of Brooklyn. Wherever they sit, we want them to be treated like celebrities, whether they’re in a $15 seat or a $1,500 seat." Barclays Center chef Lisa Brefere has worked in conjunction with arena food operator Levy Restaurants to "implement new vendors and selections bringing Brooklyn pride to the palates of hungry ticket-holders" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/27).