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In Las Vegas, Joe Schoenmann reported city leaders “canceled an Aug. 20 City Council review of the financial plan” for an MLS venue. The delay “comes after the city and stadium developers called off three previous meetings with the public of casino operators.” City of Las Vegas Communications Dir David Riggleman said that the local government “continues to work on the plan with Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. and Findlay Sports & Entertainment.” Riggleman noted that the three groups “have until Sept. 1 to agree on the deal’s key terms” (LASVEGASSUN.com, 8/13).

KEEPING TABS
: In Indianapolis, John Tuohy noted the city's Capital Improvement Board released a financial report from the Pacers “about the costs of running Bankers Life Fieldhouse.” The report was a “requirement of a new 10-year lease” the Pacers signed to stay at the venue, in which the CIB will provide $160M in maintenance. For the first six months of ’14, the venue collected $5.7M in admission taxes, $1.7M in sales taxes and $333,000 in food and beverage taxes. The Pacers “will submit the reports four times a year” (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 8/12).

IT’S IN THE BAG
: In San Jose, Diamond Leung notes fans at Levi’s Stadium will be subject to the NFL policy “restricting the size and type of bags at all events -- from high school football to WrestleMania.” 49ers Dir of PR Bob Lange said that after having the NFL policy "vetted by public safety officials, the Santa Clara Stadium Authority adopted it in its entirety” (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 8/14). Meanwhile, ESPN's Suzy Kolber said Sunday's Broncos-49ers game at Levi's Stadium is "really more about the venue." ESPN's Adam Schefter said it is a "state-of-the-art venue" and is "supposedly unbelievable with all the technological improvements that they've made there." Schefter: "This will rival Jerry's World as the top stadium in the NFL" ("NFL Insiders,"ESPN, 8/13).

WOLF’S DEN
: In Raleigh, Joe Giglio noted N.C. State Univ. "took the latest step" toward making its Close-King Indoor Practice Facility "a reality" with Tuesday's formal dedication of the facility. It will "house a 120-yard football field and additional accommodations for the track team." The facility was named in honor of alumni Derick Close and Jim King, “who also serve” on the Wolfpack Club BOD. The project cost of $17.2M “will be funded by the Wolfpack Club.” Donations made by Close and King “were not disclosed” (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 8/13).
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