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Volume 24 No. 159


After "years of discussion," Air Force AD Hans Mueh has “outlined plans" for a potential $20M renovation of the school's football stadium, according to Frank Schwab of the Colorado Springs GAZETTE. Mueh said that he hopes construction on Falcon Stadium "can begin in a few months.” However, he stressed that the project "hasn’t been finalized.” Some of the “key parts of the preliminary plan” include removing the east bleachers and “adding an open concourse from which fans can congregate and the field can be seen.” Also on the list is “adding private skyboxes to the north and south of the press box that will have indoor and outdoor seating,” and "getting rid of the chain link fence around the stadium and replacing it with brick pillars.” Mueh also suggested “expanding the press box by moving the back wall farther out to the west” and adding restrooms and concessions. He said that the changes, “particularly to the east bleachers, could take the capacity of the stadium from about 47,000 to 42,000.” Although that means “fewer tickets to sell, the Falcons rarely sell out, and lowering the capacity could put more of a premium on Air Force tickets.” And adding private boxes “would be a revenue generator for Air Force” (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 8/6).

In L.A., Jill Painter wrote, "The college football season doesn't kick off until later this month, but the $175 million Rose Bowl renovation project already has hit crunch time.” Rose Bowl CEO & GM Darryl Dunn “is confident the stadium will be ready" before UCLA's Sept. 8 home opener against Nebraska. Dunn said, "The intention for this season is that we'll have about one-third of it that needs to be done in order for us to accomplish what we need to accomplish. The whole thing won't be complete. But the necessities, in terms of all of the operations for broadcasting, public-safety areas, media, premium seat holders that have existing contracts, we have enough and feel very good about our schedule." Dunn said that only 35% of the pavilion "needs to be completed, per guidelines of the three-phase renovation project, by the season opener.” During the days between games, construction crews “will continue to work Monday through Thursday to have the pavilion ready for the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl” (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 8/6).

SLOWING SALES: In S.F., Eric Young writes after "an initial burst of sales more than a year ago, purchases of the priciest seats" at the Univ. of Cal-Berkeley's Memorial Stadium "have stalled in recent months.” All three types of premium seats “have seen small increases or none at all in the January-to-March quarter.” Cal Deputy Athletics AD & COO Solly Fulp said, “The numbers are not where we would like them to be.” Cal has sold 69% of its 3,200 premium seats, "which equates to $140 million in cash and pledges.” The athletic department’s goal is to sell 88% of premium seats, "equating to about $240 million in cash and pledges, by June 2013.” To boost sales, Cal will “hire three sales people to approach local companies.” Cal officials said that once potential buyers see the stadium, “they expect more buying” (S.F. BUSINESS TIMES, 8/3 issue).

FUNDS ARE DWINDLING: In Louisville, Marcus Green reports the KFC Yum! Center “is supposed to stock a renovation fund with millions of dollars each year to make major repairs and improvements.” But the account “has dwindled to less than $4,000 -- from an April balance of more than $3 million -- after arena officials raided it to make a routine debt payment in June.” Arena officials were “forced to take from the reserve account after expected tax revenues fell far short of expectations.” Arena Authority execs and arena operator AEG officials said that the “diminished reserve fund is not a concern because the Yum! Center hasn’t required significant repairs since opening in fall 2010” (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 8/7).

: In Cincinnati, John Erardi noted the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation, backed by the Univ. of Cincinnati and Xavier Univ. “has submitted a bid to host either the 2014 or 2015 NCAA Men's Division I basketball tournament at U.S. Bank Arena.” The city of Cincinnati figures to have “about a 50-50 chance of landing the early-round games in either year, because about 55-56 cities are believed to be in the hunt for either first-round games, or second-/third-round games or the regionals.” The two schools "would co-host the games" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 8/6).