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Volume 24 No. 156
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NFL Facility Notes: Falcons' Stadium Architect Selects Local Design Firms

The Falcons on Friday announced that 360 Architecture had selected three Atlanta-based firms -- Goode Van Slyke Architecture, Stanley Beaman & Sears, and tvsdesign -- as partners in designing the team's new stadium (Falcons). In Atlanta, Maria Saporta noted tvsdesign was "among the five finalists" to design the stadium and "the only team from Atlanta" (, 6/14).

DADS' DAY OUT: In Jacksonville, Roger Bull reports Levy Restaurants, which "handles the food for the premium spots" at EverBank Field, put on a Father's Day brunch in the stadium's Terrace Suite. Levy Restaurants Sales Manager Ashley Stadt said that the brunch was "the first public event of its kind held at the Terrace Suite." Stadt added that there were "about 150 reservations" and that the company is "considering similar events for New Year’s Eve and next year’s Mother’s Day, though no decisions have been made" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 6/17).

: In St. Paul, Mila Koumpilova reported the Univ. of Minnesota Board of Regents approved more than $110M in "capital projects for the coming school year." The projects include $6.6M in improvements to TCF Bank Stadium funded by the Vikings, as UM "gears up to host the team" for the '14 and '15 seasons (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 6/14).

DIFFERENT SITUATIONS: Charlotte-based WCNC-NBC's "Flashpoint" discussed the $10M endowment given to the Univ. of North Carolina-Charlotte for its upstart football program by Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson. WCNC's Dave Wagner said, "Some people have complained that if Jerry Richardson has $10 million to give away, why did he take millions from the city for renovations at the Panthers' stadium?" Charlotte City Council member Michael Barnes said UNCC "needs the money for the facility," but it "certainly creates an issue where people ask that very question." Barnes said Richardson "did a good thing for the school and the city, but I get why people would ask the question" ("Flashpoint," WCNC-NBC, 6/16).