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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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03/17/14
Upgrades will bring Peoria up to speed

Twenty years ago this month, the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners launched the trend of two-team spring training facilities when the Peoria Sports Complex opened in Phoenix’s West Valley. The concept caught on: There are now five two-team spring training parks in Arizona and another in ...

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03/17/14
Amenities help Salt River draw big

The most expensive spring training facility in baseball is also one of the most fan-friendly venues in the Cactus League. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the $200 million spring home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies, opened in February 2011, and the ballpark’s first thre ...

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03/17/14
At Camelback, flexibility to serve teams

The first Monday in March brought sunny skies back to Phoenix after heavy weekend rains canceled three spring training games and cut short three others. It was a beautiful day for baseball, but early in the Cactus League season, some ballparks struggle to draw fans. Camelback Ranch, shared by the ...

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03/17/14
Bringing the Friendly Confines to the desert

The Chicago Cubs’ vision was to create “Wrigley Field West” at their new Arizona spring training facility. With Cubs Park, they got it done for $84 million. The investment covers the 65,000-square-foot Under Armour Performance Center next door to the ballpark, containing the Cub ...

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03/10/14
Mittleman, Bruno rise at Aramark

Carl Mittleman has been named president of Aramark Sports and Entertainment, one of the top four concessionaires in sports. Mittleman, 38, replaces Marc Bruno, who was promoted to chief operating officer of Aramark’s sports, leisure and corrections group. Both moves come after Chris Hackem, ...

Tags: Aramark, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, MLB, NCAA, Creative Artists Agency, Facilities

03/10/14
Fuller leaves AECOM for Delaware North

Delaware North Sportservice has hired Brett Fuller as its new vice president of business development. For the past seven years, Fuller served as director of business development for AECOM, a Kansas City-based sports architect. Previously, Fuller worked as Sprint’s senior manager of corporat ...

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03/03/14
AEG sues Legends, Mirhashemi

AEG has filed suit against Legends and its president and chief operating officer, Shervin Mirhashemi, in part over Legends’ recent hiring of ex-AEG sales executive Mike Tomon. The complaint, filed Feb. 11 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges breach of contract by Mirhashemi tied to ...

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02/24/14
Vikings put game-day feel into center

The Minnesota Vikings open a preview center this week that takes season-ticket holders through a Disney-like experience tied to the field-level club at the team’s new $975 million stadium. Starting Wednesday, sales agency Van Wagner Group starts marketing the venue’s 98 suites, 8,000 ...

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02/17/14
Competing views on video boards

The two groups operating most NASCAR tracks differ in their philosophy for video boards. Speedway Motorsports Inc. has drawn attention over the past four years for installing two of the “world’s largest televisions,” starting in 2011 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In March, an eve ...

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02/17/14
Catching up on connectivity

Tracks that host NASCAR events are in the same boat as other major league facilities, partnering with cellular carriers and other companies to upgrade connectivity at their venues. Both International Speedway Corp. and Speedway Motorsports Inc. are installing new distributed antenna systems and W ...

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