SBJ/May 28 - June 3, 2001/Facilities

FACILITIES BRIEFS

 Fleet seats discreet

FleetCenter officials began replacing some of the venue's gold seat cushions with black ones to help the building appear more full during televised games. The black seats will be mixed in with gold ones to create a checkerboard effect while maintaining the color scheme of the Boston Bruins, who share the facility with the Boston Celtics. FleetCenter President Rich Krezwick told the Boston Herald the change follows maintenance, business and "camouflage" considerations.

  Miller Park infield replaced

The infield sod at Miller Park has been replaced at a cost of $20,000 for the Milwaukee Brewers. The sod was damaged by harsh spring weather and heavy use during April and May.

  Temple taps Global Spectrum

Philadelphia-based facilities management company Global Spectrum was picked by Temple University to operate The Liacouras Center, the 10,200-seat sports and entertainment arena on the school's main campus in Philadelphia. Global Spectrum's food services component, Ovations Food Services, will provide food and beverage services at the facility as part of the agreement.

  Sharks turn tail on rinks

The San Jose Sharks dropped their plans to build a two-rink facility in Dublin, Calif., in the wake of reported opposition from residents near the targeted site. According to a San Francisco Chronicle report, the facility would have been rented to recreational hockey teams and ice skating clubs.

  Rams go with ANC signs

The St. Louis Rams agreed to a multiyear deal with ANC Sports Enterprises that calls for the Purchase, N.Y.-based company to install its rotational sign system in the team's Trans World Dome home. The facility becomes the seventh to feature ANC's product. Some 480 linear feet of wall-mounted backlit signs are called for in the Rams deal.

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