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Volume 24 No. 156

Facilities Venues

          Restauranteurs Larry and Mark Levy, whose company Levy
     Enterprises (LE) "supplies premium concessions" to skyboxes,
     luxury suites and private clubs in sports arenas around the
     country, are profiled by Richard Gibson of the WALL STREET
     JOURNAL.  LE's client list, which includes Wrigley Field,
     Jacobs Field and Arrowhead Stadium, will jump from 14 to 27
     "within the next year," and Gibson writes that the
     "standard" Levy ballpark fare includes "couscous with
     apricots and currants, not Cracker Jack."  LE runs "some of
     the top dining spots in Chicago," in contrast to its two
     biggest arena competitors, Aramark Corp. and Sportservice
     Corp., which are "food-service companies" that also run
     stadium stands.  LE has partnered with Ogden Entertainment,
     which provides stadium stand fare at LE arenas.  Larry Levy
     sees plenty of "growth possibilities" in sports catering,
     including college games (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 4/30).

          The Washington, DC, Police Department has paid $800,000
     in overtime to officers handling security and crowd control
     outside the new MCI Center.  In DC, Cheryl Thompson writes
     that an agreement between Mayor Marion Barry and Washington
     Sports Owner Abe Pollin, which "spares" Pollin from having
     to pay for the officers, has "angered some [DC] officials"
     (WASHINGTON POST, 4/30)....Greensboro, NC, Mayor Carolyn
     Allen endorsed the proposed restaurant tax to fund a new
     ballpark.  The vote is in five days (NEWS & RECORD, 4/29).
     ...Five architectural firms have submitted conceptual
     designs for the new Mavs/Stars arena.  Mavs Owner Ross Perot
     Jr. said that the five "will be narrowed to two or three
     finalists within about a month" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/30).
     ...The Magic and Heat will play a preseason game in Tampa's
     Ice Palace next season, the facility's first NBA game (TAMPA
     TRIBUNE, 4/29)....In Baltimore, Morgan St. will play
     Delaware St. on October 24 in the Ravens new stadium,
     marking the facility's first non-Ravens event (SUN, 4/30).