In Boston, Shanahan & Goldstein report the Red Sox yesterday announced that the Dropkick Murphys will play Fenway Park on Sept. 8 and 9, "pending city approval," with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones "on board to open both shows." The concerts "will be played in a 'bleacher-theater' style, with the stage set up on the bullpens, and fans seated in the bleachers and a few grandstand sections." A portion of the proceeds "will benefit the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund, which supports families of victims of 9/11 around the state" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/29).
PAVING THE WAY: In Phoenix, David Madrid reported a "new racetrack is being paved" at Phoenix Int'l Raceway. The $10M renovation is "on schedule to be completed by September, in time to test the track to ensure it is ready for the November NASCAR races." North American Testing Corp. Dir of Engineering Martin Flugger said that "parts of the racetrack were raised and the configuration of the track slightly changed, which will also contribute to faster speeds." Madrid noted the improvements are the "beginning of what could be a $100 million long-term PIR development." The track is located in Avondale, and the city "plans to pave the way for further expansion, which could include new infield garages and a fan zone, terrace seating on the hill east of the track, a television compound, midway improvements and new grandstands" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 6/28).
REBEL LEADERS: In Las Vegas, Dave Berns reports Majestic Realty Chair & CEO Ed Roski Jr. and Silverton Casino President Craig Cavileer are "moving ahead with plans for a proposed UNLV stadium-arena, student housing and retail complex." The effort "continues despite the recent legislative failure of a plan that could have helped finance the project or two competing proposals." A bill that "would have allowed local developers to compete for the public financing of arena projects died in the final hours" of the Nevada state legislative session "despite a flurry of last-minute maneuvering to keep parts of it alive" (LAS VEGAS SUN, 6/29). Also in Las Vegas, Richard Lake notes the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents earlier this month "extended an exclusive negotiating agreement between Majestic and UNLV to develop the stadium plans." That agreement "goes through December" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 6/29).
AT HOME AT THE BALLPARK: In N.Y., Jamie Duffy notes a new "four-story rental apartment building with 42 one- and two-bedroom units," called The Harrison, "will have balconies overlooking Parkview Field," the home of the Single-A Midwest League Fort Wayne TinCaps. The complex is part of a $110M redevelopment effort called Harrison Square that "so far includes the ballpark, a brand-new Marriott Courtyard hotel and a 900-space parking garage." The "comfortable, retro-looking ballpark, built with Indiana sandstone and red brick, can be expanded to accommodate up to 8,000 people" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/29).