SBJ/July 30 - August 5, 2001/Facilities

FACILITIES BRIEFS

 Sacramento looks to downtown

The city of Sacramento, Maloof Sports & Entertainment and Union Pacific Railroad plan to study the feasibility of a downtown sports and entertainment center. After the city staff determines the cost of the study, the City Council will take a formal vote on whether to proceed with the analysis. The study would examine the estimated cost and financing of a sports center in the former Southern Pacific Railroad yards. A Maloof Sports consultant contends that Arco Arena, the 13-year-old home of the Sacramento Kings and Monarchs, could be obsolete before the end of the decade.

  Club renovates Ross course

The Country Club of New Bedford, Mass., has hired golf course architects Cornish, Silva and Mungeam and ASL Golf Course Construction to renovate its 16th green and all of its tees and to add 10 new forward tees. The club hopes to have this and other work finished in time for the 100-year anniversary of the Donald Ross-designed course in 2002. Other greens will be enlarged to their original sizes, using photos taken of the course in 1938 and 1942.

  Scoreboard for New Mexico

Daktronics Inc. will provide a new football scoreboard and video display system at the University of New Mexico in time for the home opener against the University of Texas-El Paso. The scoreboard will measure 36 feet high and 61 feet wide and will include a video display providing live video, instant replays, animations and sponsor messages.

  Connie Mack field upgrades

Ricketts Stadium in Farmington, N.M., home of the Connie Mack World Series, is being renovated and will open for the event Friday. Proceeds from the sale of box seats helped fund major additions, including a $50,000 backstop and a $1.2 million grandstand. DLR Group did the design work.

  Wartburg stadium to open

Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, will open a new $3.7 million football-track stadium Sept. 1 for a Division III football game against Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The new facility, Walston-Hoover Stadium, replaces 45-year-old Schield Stadium.

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