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Volume 25 No. 29

Facilities

Development of the project will include 144,693 square feet of hotel space and 87,091 square feet for bars
Photo: STANTEC

The Rockies and architecture firm Stantec officially "submitted a site plan" to the city of Denver last month "outlining a two-building project that would bring more than 828,000 square feet of development" to downtown just south of Coors Field, according to Joe Rubino of the DENVER POST. Plans show the pair of buildings -- one 11 stories and the other 13 -- would "combine to include 114 condos." The development will "include 144,693 square feet of hotel space, 87,091 square feet for bars, restaurants or retailers, 210,900 square feet for offices" and a 34,015-square foot Rockies team HOF and event space. The video screen-laden plaza is "expected to be a community gathering place before and after games." Stantec's Senior Principal on the project John Yonushewski "estimated work could begin in early fall -- whether the Rockies are still playing or not." Construction is "expected to take up to two years." The plans also "call for more than 41,000 square feet of public open space" (DENVER POST, 6/13).

USF's deal with Yuengling could raise image concerns in light of underage drinking
Photo: USF

Yuengling has signed a 10-year deal "for the naming rights" to USF's Sun Dome, which will "become the Yuengling Center on July 1," according to Ashley Gurbal Kritzer of the TAMPA BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL. Pennsylvania-based Yuengling has "operated a brewery in Tampa" since '99. The naming-rights deal is "part of a larger initiative the brewer launched in recent years to raise its profile in the Tampa Bay region." The deal also includes "east- and west-side field level signs and LED ribbon board branding in Raymond James Stadium for USF home football games." Terms of the deal "were not disclosed." The naming-rights deal was "facilitated by Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties," a venture backed by Lightning Owner & Chair Jeff Vinik (BIZJOURNALS.com, 6/12). In Tampa, Joey Knight in a front-page piece notes the partnership "raises immediate image concerns in light of the perpetual issue of alcohol consumption -- particularly underage drinking -- on university campuses nationwide." Yuengling and USF announced a "series of social-responsibility initiatives to be implemented" prior to the start of the '18-19 school year. Among them are a "new designated-driver program at athletic events and concerts, and a USF Student Government Association partnership with Lyft that offers student discounts for the ride-sharing service on weekends." Knight notes beer already is "sold at all of USF's major home sporting events" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 6/13).