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).