OLYMPIC SPONSORSHIP MOMENT: STADIUMS AND ARENAS - DALLAS-FT.WORTH METROPLEX STADIUM UPDATE
Today, THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY profiles the '96 Olympic
involvement of Coca-Cola, which has been involved with the
Olympics since 1928. The company is sponsor of over 150 national
Olympic teams, including the USOC, and keeps a year-round staff
that concentrates on maximizing Olympic tie-ins. In '96, Coca-
Cola will have the added advantage of seeing the Games in their
COMPANY: Coca-Cola Co.
STATUS: Top Worldwide Sponsor ($40M+)
CATEGORY: All non-alcoholic beverages except water
EXCLUSIVITY: This category includes the brands: Coke, Sprite,
Fanta, Minute-Maid (both carbonated and fruit drinks), Hi-C as
well as PowerAde and Aquarius sports drinks.
IN-KIND Providing products to ACOG, IOC and various
SERVICES:other Olympic committees. At the Games, Coca-Cola
will provide product and vending services as well as product to
Olympic participants. All the venues used for the Games will
sell/serve Coca-Cola products.
John Kaatz, Dir of the sport, entertainment and leisure
division of Coopers & Lybrand's Dallas office, advised the
Arlington, TX, city council of a possible windfall of $98M a year
that could come from building a new arena for the Stars and
Mavericks. Arlington officials have unveiled plans to build a
new $140M arena for the teams near The Ballpark at Arlington,
should the teams leave Dallas. Arlington Mayor Richard Greene
says he will not communicate with either team about a new
facility unless talks with Dallas break down (Christopher Ave,
FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/15). Two arena-related bills were
introduced in the TX House Friday that would help fund a new
arena for the Stars/Mavericks in Dallas (Sylvia Martinez, DALLAS
MORNING NEWS, 3/11).