The Rose Bowl Operating Company will "receive bids this month for the next phase of the renovation" of Rose Bowl Stadium, according to Lauren Gold of the PASADENA STAR-NEWS. Rose Bowl staff said that the next phase of the renovation "will be completed" in '14 and that the RBOC still needs $12.7M in funding "for the remainder" of the $182M project. RBOC CEO & GM Darryl Dunn said, "We’re over 80 percent complete and the good news is the biggest piece is the pavilion and the response received from people who have utilized the space has been excellent, which is wonderful news for us." Gold notes the project is "anticipated to earn" the final $12.4M by the end of '18, including $3.4M from the '14 BCS Championship game, $2M in "revenue from the sale of personalized bricks for a mosaic at the stadium entrance," and $7M in donations. The next phase of construction is estimated at $10-11M, and will include "a warning track on the field, installation of hedges along the sidelines, added restrooms on the stadium’s lower level and new exits for the lower level seats" (PASADENA STAR-NEWS, 10/8).
Churchill Downs yesterday announced it "will add a 15,224-square-foot, high-definition LED video board to the track in time" for the '14 Kentucky Derby and Oaks, according to Jonathan Lintner of the Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL. The $12M Panasonic screen "will be positioned midway down the backstretch outside of the dirt course, raised 80 feet in the air." Measuring 171 feet wide and 170 feet high, Churchill "expects it to sit well within view of clubhouse, grandstand and infield spectators." Churchill noted that it "considered safety of jockeys and horses when choosing where to construct the massive screen, and said design for its location, height and overall size 'all focused on avoiding disruptions to the conduct of a race.'" Construction is "set to start in December, with hopes it’s completed during the January-mid March period at the track with no racing." The monitor is "scheduled to debut on April 26, 2014, on opening night of Derby week, and the track is adding HD recording equipment to maximize picture quality" (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 10/8). Churchill in a release said that it will be the "largest high-definition video board currently constructed anywhere in the world." In Louisville, Andrew Robinson noted other improvements "also are underway at the track." Crews are "working on the new Grandstand Terrace, a venue that will offer nearly 2,400 seats on the second and third floors at the track" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 10/7).
In Las Vegas, Alan Snel reports UNLV officials yesterday "launched their attempt at building Stadium 2.0," which will include partnering with the Las Vegas casino-hotel industry. The 11-member stadium BOD includes "no less than six current or former resort industry executives" who UNLV officials hope will "add the political and financial firepower necessary to construct a football stadium/events center on campus." Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani "addressed whether there was a need for the stadium," while the rest of the committee "appeared to be poised to build some type of venue" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 10/8).
CALLING ALL CHEESEHEADS: Packers Dir of Public Affairs Aaron Popkey said that cellular service "has improved at Lambeau Field in recent years but conceded there is a need for improvement." Popkey said, "In some areas, some access is better than in other areas. There have been challenges because of the layout of the bowl." In Milwaukee, Don Walker noted there are "multiple cellular antennas" inside the stadium. Verizon "installed antennas last year" and AT&T this year began using the system as well "on a leased basis." Popkey said that "other carriers could join in the future" (JSONLINE.com, 10/7)
UNCONTESTED SCRUM: The CP reported Rugby Canada has "begun work on a new high performance facility" at the Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence. The project is expected to cost C$3.5-4M and take "12 to 18 months construction" (CP, 10/7).