The Univ. of Michigan's hockey team "will play an outdoor game for the third consecutive season," this time against Ohio State at Progressive Field in January, according to David Goricki of the DETROIT NEWS. UM, OSU and the Indians are expected to hold a news conference in Cleveland tomorrow to "formally announce the event," which UM coach Red Berenson said will be held on Sunday, Jan. 15. Asked if UM is playing too many outdoor games, Berenson said, "It's unusual to think we're playing three outdoor games in three years, but I feel each one is unique. It's so popular and they've gone off so well" (DETROIT NEWS, 6/16). In Cleveland, Bill Lubinger reports "discussions about staging hockey at the 43,000-seat Progressive Field were actually the seeds" for the ballpark's "Snow Days" festival this past winter, but the Indians "couldn't put a hockey game together" in time. Indians VP/PR Bob DiBiasio said, "We're always looking to add unique events to this facility" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 6/16). The Indians last Saturday hosted a musical festival at Progressive Field, headlined by Brad Paisley, and the AP's Tom Withers noted an "outdoor hockey game would be the latest attempt by the Indians to generate revenue with their downtown ballpark" (AP, 6/15).
Packers interim Dir of PR Aaron Popkey said that there was “minor damage to the Lambeau Field turf from last Saturday's Kenny Chesney concert.” Popkey said that the “damaged area was along the players tunnel and in the south end-zone area,” where the stage was set up. He added that the “grounds crew had already aerated and reseeded the problem areas” (JSONLINE.com, 6/15). In Green Bay, Pete Dougherty notes the Packers “have to wait until they play a couple of home games before they know whether the playing surface at Lambeau Field has recovered well enough from Kenny Chesney’s concert to hold concerts there in the future” (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 6/16).
WELL ON ITS WAY: Work on replacing the roof that collapsed at the Metrodome last winter “is about 80 percent complete.” The roof is “expected to be inflated the last week of July,” and workers are “on track to finish the replacement roof by the Minnesota Vikings home preseason game Aug. 27” (AP, 6/15).
LEGAL BATTLE: In Charlotte, Meghan Cooke reports Charlotte Motor Speedway “has refiled a lawsuit against Concord and Cabarrus County after the parties reached a stalemate in a long battle over a multimillion-dollar incentives deal.” The suit, which was “initially filed in Cabarrus County Superior Court in September 2009, demanded that the local governments pay the speedway back for $4 million worth of road work and other improvements around the Concord track and the nearby zMax Dragway.” At issue is “a deal the suit says the parties agreed upon in 2007.” The agreement came after CMS owner and SMI Chair & CEO Bruton Smith “threatened to move the speedway when the Concord City Council, citing concerns about noise and traffic, voted to block construction of the drag strip” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 6/16).
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE: In Boston, Thomas Grillo cited sources as saying that plans to build a supermarket to serve Boston’s West End, Beacon Hill and North End neighborhoods “have shifted from Canal Street to a major project in front of the TD Garden that is being developed by the Bruins owners.” Stop & Shop “has expressed interest in opening a market on a Causeway Street parcel owned by the Delaware North Cos.” Sources said that “while the project has stalled … improved market conditions have put the plan on the front burner again” (BOSTON HERALD, 6/16).