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Volume 24 No. 132

Facilities Venues

          Tailgating and ticket-scalping will not be allowed at
     the National Car Rental Center, the NHL Panthers' new arena
     (SUN-SENTINEL, 9/17).  In Miami, Julie Kay reported that
     while tailgating violates Sunrise city codes, the
     "unofficial reason" for not allowing tailgating is because
     the team "want fans to buy food inside the arena" (MIAMI
     HERALD, 9/16)....In Charlotte, Tony Mecia reported the New
     Arena Committee, a citizen's committee evaluating a possible
     new Hornets arena, proposed a two-day November trip to visit
     new arenas in DC, Philadelphia and Cleveland -- using the
     Hornets' private plane.  Mecia wrote that some City Council
     members say "they're troubled by the possible involvement of
     the Hornets in a citizen-driven process that could benefit
     the team financially."  The cost of the trip is estimated at
     $17,000 to $20,000 (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/16). 

          Fans attending Mariners' games at the new Safeco Field
     next season will "be surrounded by information" due to a
     "huge new-technology" video scoreboard in centerfield and an
     "even larger" matrix scoreboard next to it, according to Bob
     Sherwin of the SEATTLE TIMES.  Ten other electronic boards
     throughout the stadium will show fans video highlights,
     graphic presentations of player information, out-of-town
     scores and highlights and pitch selection and speed. 
     Daktronics Inc., which will install the $7.7M system, has
     scoreboards at 13 other MLB parks, but none with this type
     of "integrated video and information system."  The 26-by-46-
     foot video screen above centerfield will be 32% larger than
     the Kingdome's and will "be powered by 80,000 watts through
     light-emitting diodes" and include shades of blue and green
     that will "allow the video to show more than 1.7 million
     shades of color."  Daktronics CEO Al Kurtenbach: "[It will
     be] better than your typical TV set and formatted to accept
     the high-resolution TV when that technology is perfected in
     two or three years."  The entire scoreboard will be 56' high
     and 190' wide, with most of it being "covered with
     advertising" (Bob Sherwin, SEATTLE TIMES, 9/16).