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Volume 24 No. 157


Cobb County (Ga.) on Thursday opened four bids from firms "making their pitch to oversee construction" of the new Braves ballpark, according to Dan Klepal of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. One of the proposals "came from the joint venture of Hunt and Holder construction companies -- the two major firms handling construction management" of the $1.2B Falcons stadium. The county did "not reveal any of the bid amounts" because a seven-member committee, made up of county and Braves officials, still has to "review the proposals, interview the firms, enter into contract negotiations with its top choice, recommended a winner to the county commission, and have a construction management firm approved by the elected officials." Another firm bidding on the project is American Builders 2017, a "joint venture comprised of veteran stadium builders Mortenson Construction and Barton Malow, along with Atlanta-based firms Brasfield & Gorrie, and New South Construction." Also bidding is a "joint venture between Clark Construction and Skanska, a Sweden-based company with an Atlanta office." Finally, Turner Construction, which "bills itself as the largest builder of sports facilities in the U.S.," submitted a bid (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 5/9).

TALK ABOUT TED: In Atlanta, Leslie & Trubey cite a source as saying that a "prominent West Coast office and industrial developer, a Middle Eastern investment fund tied to gambling and a Nevada company have each expressed strong interest in buying the Turner Field site" after the Braves leave. It is "not clear what their respective plans are for the site, but details about the other groups circling Turner Field emerged" a day after Georgia State and a development team outlined an "ambitious" $300M vision for the area (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 5/9).

A Cleveland PLAIN DEALER editorial states renewing the Cuyahoga County sin tax is "clearly the best way to fund needed fixes and upgrades at FirstEnergy Stadium, Progressive Field and Quicken Loans arena." Now that it has "been renewed," the Browns, Indians and Cavaliers as well as City Hall and Gateway Economic Development Corp. officials who will be "deciding how to spend the tax proceeds need to become far more transparent about the disposition of the money and why specific improvements are the public's responsibility and not the teams'" (, 5/8).

LEGENDARY AGREEMENT: In Dallas, Candace Carlisle reported the Mavericks and Stars are "gearing up for their next seasons by hiring Legends to operate their on-site merchandising" at AmericanAirlines Center. Stars President & CEO Jim Lites said that partnering with Legends will "help the Stars give their fans the best possible retail experience and selection" of Stars-branded merchandise at the arena (, 5/7).

DOWN THE STRETCH: Mobilitie more than doubled the wireless coverage at Churchill Downs last weekend for the Kentucky Derby. The DAS installed by the company recorded over two terabytes of data on its network during the Derby and Kentucky Oaks. The number more than triples the amount of data that crossed the AT&T network during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium (Mobilitie). 

FIRE THE CANNONS: In Tampa, Salem Solomon noted the Buccaneers have released plans for a $7M "renovation of the main concourse concessions area of Raymond James Stadium." The project is "underway and expected to be complete by July." The team said that the renovation will "include an overhaul of the 14 main concourse concession locations and the addition of four new 'larger and better-equipped' beverage stands at the stadium" (, 5/6).