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SBD/January 28, 2014/Facilities
Published January 28, 2014
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT: In DC, Steven Goff wrote the "lopsided results" of a recent poll showing opposition to public financing for a proposed MLS DC United stadium are "not necessarily a referendum on United and soccer," but rather "about public money contributing to United and soccer." One "must take into account lingering stadium fatigue." The public has been "gouged by" MLB and "the greedy Lerner family over financing of Nationals Park eight years ago." The office of DC Mayor Vincent Gray and United "will need to do a better job selling the project not as a soccer stadium but as a multi-use venue" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 1/27).
DEMON DAYS: In Chicago, Danny Ecker reported the village of Rosemont, Ill., has "struck a three-year deal" with Louisville-based Brown-Forman Corp. "to build the first-ever stage-visible bar inside Allstate Arena." A new 2,300-square-foot space, which "will be branded as either the Jack Daniels Lounge or the Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club, will be located inside the bowl on the arena's east end," and will be "open to the 21-and-over public during concerts and games." Financial terms were not released, but a source said that Brown-Forman "will pay Rosemont an annual sum 'in the low six figures' for branding rights, which include signage and other marketing in the arena" (CHICAGOBUSINESS.com, 1/27).
HONKY TONKIN': In Nashville, Michael Cass notes Mayor Karl Dean, Angels 1B Albert Pujols, and "hundreds of baseball fans" were on hand yesterday "to break ground on a new minor league ballpark" for the Triple-A PCL Nashville Sounds. MiLB President & CEO Pat O'Conner said, "I would be less than honest if I thought I would ever be standing here giving this speech today." The ballpark is scheduled to "open in time for" the '15 season "with room for 10,000" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 1/28).