The Angels are "in the process of converting their press box to a luxury seating area that will feature upgraded dining opportunities and amenities for about 80 fans, a move that will push writers covering the team to a new press box down the right-field line in Angel Stadium," according to Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. TIMES. There will be "no changes to the radio and television broadcast booths, which will remain on the club level behind home plate, or in the Diamond Club restaurant and seating areas on the lower level behind home plate." Angels VP/Communications Tim Mead said, "It really boils down to building revenue streams and finding as many ways as possible to grow. In talking to other teams, the seating behind home plate is a prime area to do things" (LATIMES.com, 12/13).
ANGEL EYES: CBSSPORTS.com's Matt Snyder examined the "battle for L.A." between the Angels and Dodgers and broke down the "tale of the tape" in several areas, including the team's home ballparks. Angel Stadium of Anaheim was "once Anaheim Stadium, a '60s-'70s style cookie-cutter yard that housed the NFL's Rams in addition to the Angels." It then was "completely revamped into a baseball-only stadium prior to the 1997 season, most notably the trees, rocks and cascades in the outfield." But now, the Dodgers are "making $100 million worth of renovations to Dodger Stadium." Snyder: "Still, I lean toward Anaheim due to the aesthetic scene in the outfield" (CBSSPORTS.com, 12/13).
The Cavaliers and the U.S. Justice Department "reached a settlement Thursday designed to improve Quicken Loans Arena for fans and concert-goers with disabilities," according to James McCarty of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. The Cavs as part of the agreement will provide "at least 110 wheelchair spaces at the arena, with an equal number of companion seats, located at different locations and at various prices." Captioning will be put on arena "scoreboards and video monitors to provide hearing-impaired patrons with all of the information provided over the public address system." The team also agreed to ensure that "people with disabilities are provided accessible seating options" and to "train ticketing staff to ensure that disabled fans and concert-goers are treated the same as non-disabled customers." Many of the provisions are "expected to be enacted within 30 days." A justice department spokesperson said that the U.S. Attorney’s office became involved because a recent complaint "dealt with the provisions of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act." Ellerbe Beckett, which designed the arena, in '98 "reached a settlement with the Justice Department to design future stadiums and arenas so that wheelchair users would have a full view whenever fans or concert-goers stood up" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 12/14).
The Univ. of Minnesota "brought in more than $907,000 in alcohol sales at TCF Bank Stadium this season," which was its first selling alcohol at the on-campus venue, according to Nickalas Tabbert of the MINNESOTA DAILY. School officials said that gross sales for "each of the Gophers’ seven home games averaged $129,610." The UM athletic department "will receive any revenue generated from the alcohol sales." The university is "working on a budget report on the stadium’s alcohol sales factoring in expenses." UM Associate AD Scott Ellison said that the report "should be finished within the next few weeks." Ellison added that the school "sold between 12,000 and 13,000 cups of beer at each game -- way up from the projected total of 7,000 cups per game." Ellison said that "fans gave mostly positive feedback about selling alcohol at the stadium." University Police Lt. Erik Swanson said that the "public and the University’s administration were apprehensive about selling alcohol" at the venue, but that "alcohol didn’t end up having a negative impact." Swanson said that the stadium "saw fewer incidents this season than in any of its previous three seasons." Ellison said that the school's alcohol work team "will meet in January to discuss changes for next season" (MINNESOTA DAILY, 12/12).