In Denver, the Metropolitan Football Stadium Board
"voted unanimously to recommend" that the state Legislature
"throw out" plans for a possible retractable dome on a new
stadium for the Broncos. The Board also recommended that
the Legislature allow the Board to retain control of
"potentially lucrative" naming rights to a new stadium.
Naming rights "could generate more than" $20M a year in
revenues (DENVER POST, 3/20)....The TAMPA TRIBUNE notes
problems at newly constructed Tropicana Field, which hosts
this weekend's NCAA South regionals. The stadium's rotunda,
its "signature architectural feature," was closed because it
was leaking "badly." NCAA Media Coordinator Jim Marchiony:
"There are still issues here and they're being worked on"
(TAMPA TRIBUNE, 3/20)....The Flyers announced plans to build
a $10M twin rink skating center in Voorhees, PA, which would
serve as the practice facility for the Flyers and the AHL
Phantoms (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 3/20).
NC House Speaker Pro Tem Steve Wood said he wants to
try to "slip through a bill delaying indefinitely a vote" on
a 1% prepared food tax to help fund a new baseball stadium
in the Triad area, according to John Nagy of the Greensboro
NEWS & RECORD. Wood, an opponent of public financing, said
he "wants to head off what he believes will be a rejection
of the tax. Politicians have been distancing themselves
from the tax, restaurants who once supported it are pulling
out and even tourism groups are wary of getting involved."
But proponents of bringing an MLB team to the Triad area
said the plan "will not work without the public sharing the
cost" (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 3/18).