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Facility Notes

In DC, Steven Goff noted the "outcome of the Democratic mayoral primary was never going to have a direct bearing" on MLS DC United’s stadium prospects, but with council member Muriel Bowser’s victory over incumbent Vincent Gray, the club "will have to adjust its game plan." Team officials have been "working closely with the Gray administration on the Buzzard Point project for more than a year -- and with Gray’s term running through the end of 2014, they will remain engaged." There is "still hope of finalizing a financial package and introducing legislation to the city council for a vote soon." Bowser has "backed down from her initial vigorous opposition to the stadium plan," and stadium proponents "feel they can work with her" (, 4/2).

SOME CALL ME TIM: In Buffalo, Andrew Galarneau notes the Tim Hortons chain and the Sabres yesterday announced that a statue of former NHLer Tim Horton "will anchor a destination-caliber edition" of the QSR at HarborCenter next to First Niagara Center. The store will "include limestone from the demolished" Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, as well as "wooden furniture that replicates the former arena's blue seats" (BUFFALO NEWS, 4/2).

REMEMBER THE TITANS' FANS: In Nashville, Jim Wyatt reports the Titans have "finalized plans on two initiatives" that President & CEO Tommy Smith "believes will create a more fan-friendly experience this season: free Wi-Fi and a new food-and-beverage concessionaire." Aramark "replaces Centerplate as food-and-beverage concessionaire." Centerplate "had the contract" since LP Field opened in '99. Smith added that towers for Wi-Fi are "going up and should be operational in time for the preseason opener in August." Smith said that the franchise has "employed a service team that will reach out to all season-ticket holders for feedback on how accounts should be handled and on other potential game-day improvements" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 4/2).
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