SBJ/June 18 - 24, 2001/Facilities

Facilities briefs

 Ovations adds L.A. firm

Comcast-Spectacor acquired Fanfare Enterprises of Los Angeles. Fanfare becomes part of Philadelphia-based Comcast-Spectacor's existing food and beverage concession company, Ovations Food Services.

  Arlington called prime pick

Several Dallas-area communities have entered a bidding war to be the site of a new stadium for the Dallas Cowboys, who play at Texas Stadium in Irving. The city of Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers, has been tabbed by observers as the leading contender, as officials there have identified a potential site for the facility and are discussing how to cover the estimated $500 million cost. Also in the running are Dallas and Grand Prairie. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said he wants a new 100,000-seat stadium for the 2006 season. Jones is also considering a proposal from Irving officials to renovate Texas Stadium.

  Cards stop spending for now

St. Louis Cardinals owners said they have stopped spending money on a proposed $370 million ballpark project until a financing agreement with state, city and county politicians is solidified. Cardinals President Mark Lamping said owners have spent more than $1 million to date on plans and calculate they need to invest $4 million on engineering and design work for a new ballpark between now and next May to keep the project on schedule for a 2005 opening.

  Sportexe to do NPSL fields

Sportexe, an artificial turf and game system manufacturer based in Fonthill, Ontario, signed a five-year deal making it the exclusive artificial turf and game system supplier for the National Professional Soccer League. Sportexe fields include eight removable turf panels for on-field sponsorship programs. Sportexe will manufacture NPSL fields for purchase by league franchises at special prices and receive exclusivity in the field and game system category, plus sponsorship opportunities including print and in-arena advertising.

  Paciolan, Solonis ally

Ticketing-systems developer Paciolan and integrated-technology consultant Solonis created an alliance in which they'll work together to improve client venues' customer-relationship management. The new partners are working to help the Arizona Diamondbacks with targeted marketing efforts.

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