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Lions Building $1.5-2M Premium Club Next To Players' Tunnel In Conjunction With MGM Grand

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 27 / 15

The Lions yesterday announced a new partnership with MGM Grand Detroit and an almost $2M renovation to Ford Field that "will give some fans an up-close view of players entering and exiting the locker room," according to Dave Birkett of the DETROIT FREE PRESS. Dubbed the "Tunnel Club," the Lions...

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Bucks Arena Financing Deal Imminent

State, county, city and Bucks officials "hope to reach a deal this week on public financing" for a new arena, according to a front-page piece by Daykin & Marley of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett yesterday said, "There's still work to be done, so there's no white smok ...

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Wizards Should Know Location For Practice HQ Soon

Wizards and WNBA Mystics Owner Ted Leonsis expects that he will "know by the end of the summer" where to put a new practice facility, according to Jorge Castillo of the WASHINGTON POST. Leonsis on Monday explained that he "is still looking into potential sites in the District, Maryland and Virginia, ...

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Kansas State Adds Premium Football Seating

Kansas State for the '15 football season will debut the Wabash Landing, a new 150-seat "two-tier viewing area located at the northwest corner of Bill Snyder Family Stadium," according to Kellis Robinett of the K.C. STAR. Cost will "range from $10,000 for nonconference games to $15,000 for Big 12 mat ...

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On Long Island, John Asbury reports the Hempstead Town Board yesterday "unanimously passed a master plan to renovate" the Nassau Coliseum and "clear the way for building restaurants and retail" on the 91-acre property. The master plan approval "was the final hurdle" for Forest City Ratner ...

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Date Of San Diego Stadium Vote Important

A date for a public vote on the proposed Chargers stadium "may be among the first crucial decisions in negotiations expected to begin soon between team representatives and consultants hired" by the city and county of San Diego, according to David Garrick of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. The "two ...

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Levi's Stadium Seeks More "Cozy" Atmosphere

A criticism of Levi’s Stadium is that it "feels more corporate than cozy," something that 49ers CEO Jed York last week "tacitly acknowledged," according to Eric Branch of the S.F. CHRONICLE. York: "We've talked about this internally: I think we've built a beautiful house. It’s not quite ...

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UCSF Chancellor Supports Warriors' Arena Plan

Univ. of California-S.F. Chancellor Sam Hawgood said that the school is “very supportive" of the Warriors planned area, "as long as the increased traffic can be managed," according to Matier & Ross of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Hawgood’s stance is "at odds with that of some of UCSF’s ...

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Beckham Meets With UM, Pols On Stadium

David Beckham's investment group and MLS Commissioner Don Garber on Friday met with outgoing Univ. of Miami President Donna Shalala for three hours to "explore the possibility of a joint stadium" for an MLS team and UM football, according to Hanks & Kaufman of the MIAMI HERALD. The group "t ...

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NASCAR Drivers Pleased With SAFER Efforts

Workers at Charlotte Motor Speedway since the beginning of '14 have "installed an additional 4,800 feet of SAFER walls and tire barriers," and several NASCAR drivers have "applauded the steps the sport has taken ... but expect more to be done in the future," according to Joseph Person of the CHARLOT ...

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Kentucky Adding Ribbon Boards At Rupp

Ribbon advertising boards around the second tier of Rupp Arena "could be installed" by the start of the next Univ. of Kentucky men's basketball season, according to Beth Musgrave of the LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER. Learfield Communications "has agreed to give Lexington Center Corp. $800,000 to install t ...

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