The Chiefs and the Univ. of Kansas Hospital on Thursday announced a 10-year partnership making the hospital the Official Healthcare Provider of the Chiefs, and bringing a comprehensive healthcare program to the team, encompassing its players, staff and fans. The Chiefs Training Facility will be renamed The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex, and the hospital will open a sports medicine clinic within the complex to provide on-site medical personnel and equipment to Chiefs players. The sports medicine clinic will be open to the public. It is expected to open in summer '13 (Chiefs). In K.C., Diane Stafford notes "no price tag was revealed" for the deal, and the "exact opening date, hours, staff sizes, services and costs are yet to be announced." The clinic, which "will be in the current site of the Chiefs' administrative offices and the team's indoor and outdoor practice fields, is part of a multifaceted partnership forged between the club and the hospital." Chiefs Chair & CEO Clark Hunt said that the partnership "calls for KU Hospital to provide care" Chiefs players and staff, and fans at Arrowhead Stadium events. He said that the agreement is "thought to be the most wide-ranging and comprehensive between any professional sports team and health care provider." Hospital personnel also will "staff the first aid stations for fans at Arrowhead, as they did" in '11 (K.C. STAR, 8/10).
INTERIOR DECORATING: In K.C., Alice Thorson notes Chiefs Owner the Hunt family’s latest idea is for "a 'world class' collection of art to be installed" at Arrowhead Stadium. Letters went out last month "to several local gallery owners, inviting participation in the Kansas City Chiefs Art Program." Top execs of the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the Kemper Museum and the K.C. Art Institute "are on board." Chiefs Founder Lamar Hunt's daughter, Sharron Hunt Munson, "is directing the program with input from" her brothers. She "envisions artwork at Arrowhead that 'celebrates Midwestern culture.'" Munson in an email said that the idea for an art collection "was inspired in part by the many new public spaces created by recent renovations to Arrowhead Stadium." Leopold Gallery Owner and art dealer Paul Dorrell was "engaged by the Hunts to organize the collection." Installation will "begin in late spring 2013" (K.C. STAR, 8/9).
O.co Coliseum will be the first U.S. stadium to have permanent airport-style metal detectors at every entrance by the start of Monday night's Cowboys-Raiders preseason game. AEG was recently awarded the stadium management contract for the municipally owned facility. “One of the first decisions AEG made as the new stadium manager was to install walk-through magnetometers for every entry point,” said Raiders Chief Exec Amy Trask. “We are absolutely delighted that AEG has done this. It's an investment in and for our fans.” The NFL last fall purchased 3,100 wand-style Garrett metal detectors and distributed 100 to each NFL stadium, said NFL Dir of Strategic Security Ray Di Nunzio. He said that the league plans to monitor the process of the walk-through magnetometers.
In California, Ben Baeder wrote the City of Industry “pulled off a deal Tuesday that potentially saved” Majestic Realty Chair & CEO Ed Roski Jr.'s proposed L.A.-area NFL stadium as it “secured the right to buy the 600-acre parcel near Grand Avenue and the 57 Freeway that Roski has proposed as the site.” The $800M project nearly “was swept up in the turmoil caused by the state's elimination of redevelopment agencies last December.” The land was formerly owned by the city's redevelopment agency, but it was "recently transferred into a state-mandated holding account after redevelopment agencies were dissolved.” Industry's Oversight Board “approved giving the city the right to use General Fund money to buy the land for between $20 million and $26.7 million” (SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE, 8/9).
SHARING IS CARING: In San Jose, Mike Rosenberg reports the 49ers and local education leaders on Thursday “agreed to share millions of dollars dedicated for the team's new stadium to stave off classroom cuts.” The deal will “settle a lawsuit that the 49ers filed against a Santa Clara County oversight board that shell-shocked Silicon Valley in June by seizing redevelopment money voters earmarked for the $1.2 billion stadium and giving it to schools.” Now, stadium construction “can continue at full speed, though the 49ers will have to wait longer to get their money.” The agreement lets the Santa Clara Unified School District “balance its budget -- avoiding teacher layoffs -- by taking in more than $7 million over the next three years from the pot of property tax money previously earmarked for the stadium” (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 8/10).
COURT REPORT: In Newark, Myles Ma reported Superior Court Judge Peter Doyne Thursday “dismissed” the lawsuit between the NFL Giants and Jets, and Triple Five, the developer of the American Dream project at the Meadowlands. Doyne said in his ruling that the teams “may take up their lawsuit again at a later point.” The Jets and Giants sued after Triple Five “expanded its plans for the site to include amusement and water parks.” The two teams “may take up their lawsuit again once if the [New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority] approves those plans, Doyne said in his ruling.” Meanwhile, Triple Five said that it was “willing to collaborate with the teams after learning of the ruling” (NJ.com, 8/9).