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U.S. Open Prepared For Various Weather Conditions With New Arthur Ashe Stadium Roof

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 29 / 16

The U.S. Open begins today at Arthur Ashe Stadium, and officials said that there is little difference in the conditions when the stadium's new $150M roof is "open or closed, but the proof will come once matches are first held," according to Rachel Cohen of the AP. The roof features an "air mana...

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Evansville Considering Bid For First Four Games

Evansville (Ind.) Sports Exec Dir Jason Sands wants to see if the city can "wrestle away the 'First Four' games" of the NCAA Tournament from Dayton, which has hosted the opening games every year since '11, according to Daniel Allar of the Evansville COURIER & PRESS. Sands said he is "evaluating" ...

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Fort Bragg MLB Game A Success

The Marlins defeated the Braves "before 12,582 mostly active-duty soldiers and their families Sunday" at Fort Bragg in Eastern North Carolina, but the score "hardly mattered," according to Sammy Batten of the FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER. For the players and coaches, this was "about honoring the milit ...

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U.S. Swim Trials Set Attendance Mark

The final session of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials on Sunday at CenturyLink Center drew 13,194 fans, bringing the "eight-day, 15-session total to a record 197,892," according to Beideck & Kaipust of the OMAHA WORLD-HERALD. Omaha drew "just more than" 167,000 in '12 and 160,000 in '08. T ...

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Finishing Touches Being Put On Fort Bragg Field

Three days before the scheduled Braves-Marlins game , Fort Bragg Field "remained an active construction site" as large trucks "were entering and exiting the main home plate gate, including one hauling a dozen portable toilets to be set up around the ballpark," according to Michael Futch of the FAYE ...

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Detroit Makes Pitch For Skating Championships

Officials from the Detroit Sports Commission, Olympia Entertainment and the Detroit Skating Club "made their pitch Thursday to host" the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in '18, and if Detroit wins the bid, the event "will be shared between Little Caesars Arena and the Detroit Skating Club," accord ...

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Tix For Ft. Bragg MLB Game Are Nontransferable

The Marlins and Braves on Sunday will play a regular-season game on the military base in Fort Bragg, N.C. , and officials are "reminding would-be attendees that all tickets are nontransferable and not for sale," according to Drew Brooks of the FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER. Fort Bragg's Directorate of ...

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Chip Wile Discusses New Daytona Role

Two months after adding President of Daytona Int'l Speedway to his résumé, the first NASCAR race weekend comes this week for Chip Wile, who officially succeeded Joie Chitwood III on May 1. After going from being president of one of the sport’s smaller tracks in Darlington, S.C., ...

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Mexico Drives Copa America Attendance

The Copa America Centenario averaged big crowds for its U.S. debut, with the group stage match at the Rose Bowl on June 9 featuring Mexico-Jamaica marking the event's biggest crowd (83,263). Sunday night's Chile-Argentina finale at MetLife Stadium was the next best crowd with 82,026 fans. The larg ...

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Oregon's Hayward Field Readies For Oly Trials

The Univ. of Oregon's Hayward Field will host the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials beginning Friday, marking the "third straight time -- and sixth overall -- the U.S. team for the Summer Games will be decided in Eugene," according to Chris Hansen of the Eugene REGISTER-GUARD. Approximately 1,10 ...

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Copa America Final Draws Big Crowd

Chile last night defeated Argentina in a penalty shootout to win the Copa America Centenario, and the match was "as thrilling as it possibly could have been scripted as 82,026 fans packed MetLife Stadium," according to Braulio Perez of the Newark STAR-LEDGER ( 6/27 ). The AP's Ronald Blum notes th ...

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