In Louisville, Marcus Green reports the Louisville Arena Authority will “increase its rebate to the city because revenues from the KFC Yum! Center were better than expected during the building’s first three months.” LAA officials yesterday said that the local government “had been expecting about $1.8 million during 2011 but will instead get $3.2 million back.” Arena officials also announced “an additional $250,000 in new sponsorship agreements for signs and other exposure, bringing the total amount to more” than $50M (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 4/13).
IS THE GRASS GREENER? In Seattle, Joshua Mayers notes the MLS Sounders, Seahawks and First & Goal last week “commissioned a study to see if grass could be a viable playing surface in the future” for Qwest Field. Either way, the stadium's “days on the current surface are numbered.” Qwest Field in January “failed to achieve FIFA two-star certification” on the three-year-old FieldTurf. MLS Dir of Communications Will Kuhns said that there is not a “hard rule that states the field must be two-star quality,” but the league “wants teams playing on the best surface possible.” MLS Commissioner Don Garber “has long indicated his preference for grass” (SEATTLE TIMES, 4/13).
FLORIDA VACATION: Univ. of Michigan AD Dave Brandon Monday said that he and the school are "working hard to schedule more athletic events" in South Florida. Brandon added that the school has "had initial talks with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, a Michigan alum, about playing" a neutral-site football game at Sun Life Stadium in the future. Brandon: "We don't have anything scheduled, but that's something we'd consider because this is an important recruiting area for us as well" (NAPLES NEWS, 4/12).
ASSEMBLEY REQUIRED: In Indianapolis, Curt Cavin notes the "life-size Hot Wheels track" being constructed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ahead of the Indianapolis 500 will feature a "100-foot-high structure erected in the infield area of the Speedway's fourth turn." The Hot Wheels track, which "will be 16 feet wide," arrived yesterday "in 26 truckloads and will take three weeks to construct, beginning May 8." It "will not be taken down until after the May 29 race" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 4/13).