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Volume 24 No. 155

Facilities Venues

          An "Inside Edition" undercover investigation "found
     serious food safety problems at [MLB] parks all across the
     country," according to Matt Meagher.  "IE" visited 15 MLB
     parks, and shot hidden-camera footage depicting apparent
     violations by food workers.  Meagher: "We were looking for
     so-called critical violations, shoddy food handling and
     service practices the [FDA] says can lead to food-born
     illness."  At Bank One Ballpark, Meagher found "hot dogs,
     burgers and chicken served at dangerously low temperatures." 
     Meagher: "But it wasn't only Phoenix.  At eight of the 15
     stadiums, half of the foods we tested were below the 140-
     degree (FDA approved temperature) safety limit."  Meagher
     said that food temperature "is just one problem," noting
     health inspection reports that found "rodents and
     cockroaches in Kansas City, flies in San Francisco, and
     rodent droppings" in the Astrodome.  While Fenway Park was
     one of the ballparks that received a "clean bill of health"
     earlier this year, that was when it was inspected three days
     before opening day with "no food, no fans."  "IE" found
     "dangerously low temperatures in nearly half the Fenway food
     we tested."  Meagher: "We tried to get some answers from
     Aramark, the company that runs Fenway Park's food
     concessions.  Instead, we got kicked out."  "IE" was also
     kicked out of the concession areas at Yankee Stadium. 
     Afterward, host Deborah Norville: "Concessionaires at Kansas
     City, Milwaukee and Phoenix all say that they periodically
     spot check their food, and that they are looking into our
     findings.  Health officials in Boston say that they plan
     follow-up inspections" ("Inside Edition," 5/20).

          D'Backs Managing General Partner Jerry Colangelo issued
     a written apology on Wednesday for walking out of an
     interview with HBO's Armen Keteyian.  In a statement,
     Colangelo said, "I would like to make a public apology for
     my actions that day, and in particular for my
     uncharacteristic use of profanity. ... I simply lost my
     temper and regret having done so" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 5/21)..
     ....In Houston, the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority
     postponed hiring Schindelwolf & Associates to inspect
     construction of a new ballpark so Mayor Lee Brown can review
     the two-year contract (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/21)....The Santa
     Clara City Council OK'd a study on how to finance a 45,000-
     seat ballpark as long as stadium proponents paid for the
     study (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 5/20)....CNBC's Mike Hegedus
     reported on the SkyLinks GPS System, which is used by 30
     golf courses around the country, and uses the global
     positioning satellite technology to give players their exact
     yardage to the green.  SkyLinks Dir of Sales & Marketing
     Richard Beckman: "We feel this is going to be a $10 to $20
     million business very, very quickly."  Boston-based SkyLinks
     is "one of the top three" GPS systems providers, and "has
     picked up some big-time backing" including the John Deere
     Corporation ("The Edge," 5/20).

          MLS Crew Owner Lamar Hunt has "invited" the 22-member
     group of Columbus-area business leaders who control 45% of
     the team to help finance construction of the team's new $15-
     17M stadium, according to Merx & Mark of the COLUMBUS
     DISPATCH.  Hunt Sports Group, which owns 55% of the team,
     has "signed a guarantee" to cover the cost of the 22,500-
     seat facility.  Crew Soccer Stadium Limited Liability Corp.
     is the private organization set up by Hunt that will "build,
     own and manage the facility."  One local owner, George
     Jenkins, said that the area execs "haven't discussed
     collectively whether they will take Hunt up on the offer." 
     Jenkins said that after a stadium site is finalized next
     week, Hunt Sports Group will "analyze financing needs" and
     bring a proposal to local investors.   The OH Expositions
     Commission approved a lease arrangement with the team and
     will help select the site.  The stadium will be designed by
     OH-based NBBJ, with ground-breaking set for July, with the
     opening scheduled for next April (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 5/20).