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Volume 24 No. 156

Events Attractions

          The NHL has formed a partnership with Family Ice
     Enterprises, LLC, an affiliate of Mentmore Holdings Company,
     on the development and construction of NHL Skate ice and in-
     line hockey facilities.  Family Ice Enterprises will have the
     exclusive right to develop NHL-themed ice and in-line
     facilities and entertainment centers in the U.S.  Mentmore
     Vice Chair William Remley said construction of the first
     rinks will begin this spring, with plans to develop more than
     100 rinks across the country.  The first two sites targeted
     for the development include Exeter, NH, and St. John, IN. 
     Plans for NHL Skate include two regulation-sized ice sheets
     with combined seating for 1,000 spectators, eight NHL-themed
     locker rooms, an NHL FANtasy zone, a food court and retail
     component.  Each facility will include programs for youths,
     adults, public skating, instructional programs and various
     NHL-themed events.  The league has named Mighty Ducks G Guy
     Hebert and U.S. women's gold medal winner Karyn Bye as
     spokespeople for the facilities.  Two NHL Skate facilities
     currently operate under separate owners.  The first opened in
     Birch Run, MI, in '97 and was developed via a licensing
     agreement with Signature Sports.  A facility in Danbury, CT,
     expected to open this fall, is being developed by Arc (NHL).
          MORE ICE, ICE, BABY: The facilities are expected to cost
     between $6-7M each and NHL Senior VP Steve Solomon said that
     Family Ice and the league will work together on potential
     sites: "We have certain hockey knowledge.  They have certain
     real estate knowledge.  In the final analysis, I think we'll
     mutually agree on sites."  Solomon said he was "hopeful we
     can get at least 10 [complexes] done in the next couple of
     years.  And from that, we'll be able to see how fast we can
     move to the next level" (Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, 5/19).
          FRIENDS, NOT RIVALS: NHL Enterprises currently has a
     relationship with another Mentmore affiliate, Rival Sports,
     the company backed by the Red Wings' Brendan Shanahan, which
     designs and markets hockey branded apparel (NHL).

          The PGA of America has made a three-year, $6M commitment
     to The First Tee initiative and will provide additional
     resources for the planning and development of First Tee
     facilities and curriculum.  The PGA's financial commitment
     includes $1M annually for three years to help fund The First
     Tee, plus $1M annually for three years for a PGA Section
     grant program to apply directly to initiatives (PGA). 
          HALL OF FAME: The World Golf Village opened yesterday,
     with a Hall of Fame ceremony honoring Nick Faldo and Johnny
     Miller.  More than 3,000 spectators watched as 25 of the 37
     living Hall of Famers attended.  In Jacksonville, Gene
     Frenette called the event "reminiscent of the recent Academy
     Awards when nearly every living Oscar-winning actor and
     actress showed up."  One HOFer missing was Jack Nicklaus. 
     World Golf Village Exec Dir Ruffin Beckwith: "I think a lot
     of people were surprised that Jack wasn't here" (FL TIMES-
     UNION, 5/19).  In Ft. Lauderdale, Randall Mell writes that
     the Golf Village is "Disney-esque in its ambitious, all-
     encompassing scope.  The architects of this grand design
     aimed to include every possible aspect of golf" (SUN-
     SENTINEL, 5/19).  In Detroit, Vartan Kupelian writes under
     the header "World Golf Village Is A State-of-the-Art
     Paradise."  PGA Tour Commissioner/World Golf Foundation Chair
     Tim Finchem: "This will be a living, breathing, changing,
     evolving facility.  From the moment we open the doors, we'll
     intrigue golfers of all levels" (DETROIT NEWS, 5/19).  In
     N.Y., Clifton Brown writes that it is "clear that the complex
     was designed not only to celebrate golf's history, but to
     attract a new generation of fans heading into the next
     century" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/19).  The LPGA, which has never had a
     structure for its Hall of Fame, is combined with the men at
     the World Golf Village (USA TODAY, 5/19).