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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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Fans thirst for fountains in new stadiums

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Tags: Football, Green Bay Packers, Lincoln Financial Group, Milwaukee Brewers, NBBJ, Philadelphia Eagles

09/01/03
Concessionaires: Bigger is better

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09/01/03
Coyotes bring in lacrosse team

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Tags: America West Airlines, Phoenix Suns

08/25/03
Sit-down dining at Fenway

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Tags: Aramark Corp., Baseball, Boston Red Sox

08/25/03
Centerplate expands suite food

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08/25/03
Hagerstown makes a $95 naming deal

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08/25/03
Omaha arena name won’t see print

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Tags: Denver Broncos, Qwest Communications International Inc.

08/18/03
Padres pack in premium-seat revenue

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Tags: Baseball, Football, HOK Inc., MLB, NFL, San Diego Chargers, San Diego Padres

08/18/03
Bears finishing up Soldier Field

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