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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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Tapping new revenue

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01/13/14
Heat extends Hyde brand to arena suite

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01/13/14
Ovations to try brewing

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01/13/14
Upper-deck changes for Panthers

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01/13/14
Mobile tech still no windfall

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01/13/14
Bobcats open beer garden

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01/06/14
NFL warms to task at MetLife

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MLBAM, Dolphins see tech as fan beacon

Three months after briefly testing Apple’s new iBeacon mobile technology at Citi Field, MLB is moving ahead with its aggressive plan for a system that would enable teams leaguewide to send targeted messages to fans’ mobile devices at key points inside and outside stadiums. For example ...

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12/16/13
Global Spectrum hires Abate as SVP

Global Spectrum has hired Hank Abate as its new senior vice president of arenas and stadiums. He starts his new job today at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the company’s home base. Abate spent 20 years with SMG before leaving the firm in November 2012. At SMG, he oversaw the operation ...

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Drake, Raptors working on ‘We Are North’

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