In K.C., Timothy Finn reported a "big score has already been made" at under-construction Livestrong Sporting Park, which this summer will host the 26th annual Farm Aid concert. The all-day show to benefit U.S. family farmers will be held Aug. 13 at Sporting KC's new stadium, which has a 25,000-person capacity. The Dave Matthews Band, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp "will perform" at this year's concert (K.C. STAR, 5/12).
TAKING CHARGE: In San Diego, Weisberg & Showley report Chargers Special Counsel Mark Fabiani and former Centre City Development Chair Fred Maas "have lately spoken of incorporating convention space into a new downtown stadium that could be built between Petco Park and the convention center." Fabiani said, "You’ve got to look at the experience in other cities. Certainly the experience in Indianapolis would indicate combining a convention center-related facility with a stadium with a roof is cheaper than building all these things separately." He said that the Chargers' plan "would cost $800 million with a roof, not counting $150 million the city’s downtown redevelopment agency has budgeted for site development at an East Village several blocks east of Petco" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 5/13).
INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION? In Pasadena, Thomas Himes reports the Riverside County (Calif.) Board of Supervisors this week in a unanimous vote "passed a resolution that praised" Majestic Realty Chair & CEO Ed Roski's "Grand Crossing" NFL stadium plan, while "offering scathing criticisms" of AEG's competing Farmers Field project in downtown L.A. The resolution "adopted many of the same talking points and buzz phrases Roski's camp has offered over the past year." Himes notes "what effect, if any, the Riverside endorsement of officials in a neighboring county will have on a stadium in Los Angeles County is unclear" (PASADENA STAR-NEWS, 5/13).