Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke said that "nothing has really changed" regarding plans for the Belmont arena project after Azoff MSG Entertainment, an investor in OVG, bought out MSG's stake in that venture, according to Jim Baumbach of NEWSDAY. Leiweke said, "This was always an an OVG project and always something that I was personally going to drive with my relationship with (Islanders co-Owner) Scott Malkin." MSG on Monday said that it is selling its stake in Azoff MSG Entertainment to Irving Azoff for $125M. Leiweke said that deal is "'separate and bigger' than what’s happening at Belmont" (NEWSDAY, 10/11).
The Twins submitted plans for the primary entrance into Target Field to be "reconfigured this offseason," according to Nick Halter of the MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL BUSINESS JOURNAL. Minnesota Ballpark Authority Dir Dan Kenney said that Gate 34 -- the ballpark's most-used gate -- will be "moved further out from the ballpark, adding 5,100 square feet of space inside of the ballpark." The overhaul is "intended to do two things: speed up security checkpoints and create a bigger and better plaza inside the ballpark where fans can watch the game." The TV broadcast set will be "moved to Section 104 and the raised seating that was once part of the Great Clips section will be torn out." The Twins said that they have a "new salon sponsor, Supercuts." The alterations "return the right field concourse back to the way it was originally." A large turf area will be "added to the space where the gates are currently located -- about 5,800 square feet." There will also be "additional space for food vendors, autograph booths and perhaps live bands." Kenney said that the project will cost $5-6M, with the Twins "funding all of that total" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 10/9).
The Blues and Rank + Rally have opened new, expanded, redesigned and rebranded team shops as part of the Enterprise Center’s $42M renovation for this NHL season. Blues team shops have been rebranded as "STL Authentics." A new 4,100-square-foot main store has opened at the arena that is double the size of its predecessor. The new main shop is open seven days a week. There are also new team shops on the club and upper level at the arena which was redesigned by architecture firm Generator Studio. Blues and Rank + Rally also have new pop-up stores at the arena and have products from local designers. Rank + Rally is Levy’s retail arm and also operates team shops at Staples Center, T-Mobile Arena, United Center and other venues.
In Las Vegas, Richard Velotta notes the committee making recommendations to Gov. Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature on "attracting events to the new Las Vegas stadium is leaning toward expanding the role" of the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority and Las Vegas Events, "rather than forming" a new sports commission. Las Vegas Events, a nonprofit funded by the LVCVA, would be "modified to function as a public body that would be responsible for attracting events to the stadium and other Southern Nevada venues" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 10/11).
GOTTA HAVE FAITH: In Minneapolis, Rochelle Olson writes U.S. Bank Stadium is "proving to be a draw for the faithful to celebrate and pray." In the past few months, the two-year-old venue has "played host to a concert for evangelical youth, the holiest Muslim holiday and on Wednesday, 12,000 Catholic schoolchildren celebrating mass with Archbishop Bernard Hebda." More youth events are "on the calendar." Religious groups "book the events with SMG" (Minneapolis START RIBUNE, 10/10).
OVER AND OUT? In Miami, Douglas Hanks notes a federal appeals court "sided with Miami-Dade in a no-bid deal" with David Beckham and partners to "buy county land for an Overtown stadium" Beckham no longer wants. The District Court of Appeal ruled "against Bruce Matheson, a wealthy landowner near the former stadium site who last year sued the county over the legality of selling public real estate without inviting other bids." Should the Beckham group "seek more time to decide on the Overtown purchase, the county will have the chance to either play hardball or find a way to extend the deadlines" (MIAMI HERALD, 10/11).