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College Bowl Season Set To Begin, Including New Game In Montgomery

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 19 / 14

The ’14-15 college bowl season kicks off tomorrow with five games. Financial documents filed this summer by New Orleans Bowl Inc. indicated that last year's R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl generated $3.77M in revenue, with 58% of that via ticket sales. Last year's game drew its third straigh...

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Vikings Offer Details For MLS At New Stadium

The Vikings on Tuesday "pushed their case" to land an MLS team by releasing images showing how their new $1B stadium "could be reconfigured for soccer games," according to Mike Kaszuba of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Vikings ownership explained how the venue "could morph from a 65,400-seat football ...

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NYRA Sees Surplus For First Time In 13 Years

NYRA "expects to end the year in the black" for the first time in 13 years, with a $1.5M "surplus from its races and other operations," according to Rick Karlin of the Albany TIMES UNION. NYRA also is projecting a $2.1M surplus next year despite "slightly fewer race days and fewer horses in those ra ...

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Xcel Energy Center Certified For Sustainability

The Wild today will announce that the Xcel Energy Center and St. Paul RiverCentre complex have been certified to three int'l sustainability standards -- the first in the world to receive all these specific designations. Xcel Energy Center is now the first and only NHL arena to be certified by t ...

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Facility Notes

In Sacramento, Bizjak & Lillis report local real-estate developer Vanir Development Co. has "submitted plans" to the city to build a 26-story HQ and office tower across the street from the NBA Kings' planned downtown arena. The move comes three weeks after the club "submitted plans to the city f ...

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DC United Stadium Approved Unanimously

The DC Council yesterday voted "to approve a stadium" for DC United, "probably ending the team’s decade-long search for a new home," according to a front-page piece by DeBonis & O'Connell of the WASHINGTON POST. The unanimous vote was "an unexpected show of support for the project, which h ...

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Cubs Revise Wrigley Field Renovation Proposal

The Cubs are "heading back to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks to change its plan for outfield signs in the renovated Wrigley Field in hopes of winning a federal tax credit" worth $75M, according to Danny Ecker of CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS. A source said that the Cubs tomorrow are "scheduled ...

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US Airways Center Now Talking Stick Resort Arena

The Suns and WNBA Mercury yesterday announced that US Airways Center will be renamed Talking Stick Resort Arena. The multiyear deal with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, which owns Talking Stick Resort, will feature signage on the exterior of the building; on the underbelly of the cent ...

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Steelers Propose Heinz Field Renovation Plan

The Steelers "plan to add another 2,390 seats to the south end zone at Heinz Field in time for next football season," according to Mark Belko of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. The two-level expansion will "include 1,553 general admission seats, 837 premium seats and five suites." The premium seat ...

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FAU Receives $16M Donation For Student-Athletes

FAU has received a $16M donation -- the "largest single gift in the school's history -- to help build a new facility that will be primarily used by the football program," according to Nate Taylor of the South Florida SUN-SENTINEL. The donation comes from Richard Schmidt, who "had never donated to t ...

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Florida Citrus Sports' Hogan On Orlando Citrus Bowl

A renovated Citrus Bowl stadium was opened last month , with nearly $207.7M renovations done to the venue. Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan recently sat down for an interview with the ORLANDO BUSINESS JOURNAL's Richard Bilbao to discuss the stadium future. Below are excerpts fro ...

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