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Don Muret

Staff writer Don Muret covers facilities.

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What does $1.7B buy in NYC market? Two stadiums in one

09 / 20 / 10

Early in the New York Giants’ regular-season opener at New Meadowlands Stadium, the boo birds re-emerged after a winter of discontent to voice their displeasure with poor special teams performance by the Men in Blue. The next night, the same chorus could be heard over the Jets’ struggling offense. ...

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Sports-driven projects a tough sell

T he downtown revitalization that has come slowly but steadily in Cleveland since Jacobs Field and Gund Arena opened stands as a frequently cited example of sports facilities acting as catalysts for urban renewal and development. The sprawl of empty land that encircles the Ballpark at Arl ...

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FieldTurf takes resurfacing jobs held by SRI

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MTS selling out club seats

True North Sports & Entertainment expects to sell all 875 club seats at MTS Centre in Winnipeg by the time the 15,000-seat hockey arena opens in mid-November, said Mark Chipman, the company's chairman and governor of the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose. Officials originally planned ...

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Dallas mayor suggests Fair Park

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Football

Once-hot club seats have fewer fans

When the Phoenix Coyotes visited 14 NHL venues to get ideas for the arena they were building, the verdict on club seats was clear: Teams were having trouble renewing contracts. "We found out that by the end of the first term, which is typically three to five years, they were reducing their ...

Tags: AFL, Baseball, Basketball, Boston Red Sox, Charlotte Bobcats, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, ECHL, Florida Panthers, Football, Hockey, Memphis Grizzlies, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, Palace Sports and Entertainment, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning

Levy, Compass in Charlotte?

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SRI's bankruptcy filing a surprise

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Concessionaires’ go low-carb

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Tags: Aramark Corp., Basketball, Boston Concession Group, Centerplate, Delaware North Cos., Hockey, Levy Restaurants, NBA, NHL

Tuneups at tracks surpass $60M

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SMG vet to oversee KC changes

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