FACILITY & VENUES NOTES
MLB: Walt Disney Chair Michael Eisner and Edison CEO
John Bryson jointly announced the naming of Edison
International Field of Anaheim yesterday (Edison). The deal
represents a 20-year, $2.5M total sponsorship package
(Barbara Kingsley, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 9/16).
NHL: The Kiel Center plans to sell naming rights to the
arena. Clark Enterprises Chair Jerry Ritter hopes to have
the new name "in place" by the start of the '98-99 hockey
season (ST. LOUIS BUSINESS JOURNAL, 9/15 issue). ...KC-based
Heinlein + Schrock Architecture has been selected to design
Nationwide Arena - the new NHL arena for downtown Columbus,
OH. The 18,500-seat, $120M arena is set to open in August
2000 (Heinlein + Schrock Architecture).
NFL: In AZ, the East Valley Partnership is interested
in a natural-grass playing surface that can be moved in and
out of the building on a rail system for its proposed
retractable roof multipurpose facility (ARIZONA REPUBLIC,
9/13)....The Redskins agreed to "modify" their elaborate
color-coded parking plan at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium after
state and local officials said that delays in sorting
permit-holders held up traffic before Sunday's inaugural
game. In all, 6,200 people rode shuttle buses from Metro
stations to the stadium (Pan & Fehr, WASHINGTON POST, 9/16).
NBA: Mavericks execs said they are "on schedule" to
place an arena development proposal before city council
members "within a month," but they still won't say which
city council will be receiving their arena plan (David
Markiewicz, FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 9/15).