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Volume 26 No. 5

Facilities

Capacity has been reduced to 7,100, down from 8,479, though there are 712 premium seats
Photo: UNIV. OF HOUSTON

The Univ. of Houston will show off the $60M renovations to its basketball arena on Dec. 1 against the Univ. of Oregon. The arena has a new name, the Fertitta Center, thanks to a $20M gift from Rockets Owner Tilman Fertitta that helped pay for the renovations. Fertitta is an alum of the school and serves as Chair of its Board of Regents. The renovation was a complete interior modernization of the nearly 50-year-old arena with new video boards, more concessions points of sales, new lighting, audio and mechanical systems. UH AD Chris Pezman said fans will not recognize the interior. “It’s a totally different facility,” he said. Capacity has been reduced to 7,100, down from 8,479, though there are 712 premium seats. That includes 542 club seats, 20 seats with Barcaloungers and 76 floor seats. The floor seats cost $500 per seat for a season plus a $50,000 donation to the university. Asbestos was removed and more bathrooms were built as part of the renovations. UH and concessionaire Aramark will have 30 permanent points of sale and another eight to 12 portable food and beverage carts. “We might have had 10 permanent before,” said UH Senior Associate AD for Capital Projects T.J. Meagher. The Oregon game is 49 years to the day from when the arena opened in '69.

The Bears will open their 45,000-square-foot team-themed fitness center next spring. Bears Fit will be located approximately four miles from Halas Hall and feature state-of-the-art equipment, a 40-yard sports turf, recovery center, group fitness classes, saunas and steam rooms, a Bears Pro Shop and an interactive kids club, among other features (Bears). FORBES' Matt Rybaltowski noted the 49ers last week opened the similar-themed 49ers Fit in San Jose, and team President Al Guido "celebrated the opening of the 36,500-square-foot facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony." The facility, like that of the Bears, will include a 40-yard turf field with "space for sprint work, functional training and group sessions." Members of the new gym will "also have access to an expansive area replete with free weights, cardio, power and speed training." The opening of 49ers Fit "marks the culmination of a two-year project" by the team and 49ers Fit Chair Mark Mastrov. Cowboys Fit, a 60,000-square-foot facility overlooking the plaza at the Cowboys HQ in Frisco, opened in May '17, and Mastrov is "targeting" early '19 to "open a second Cowboys' facility in Plano." Mastrov has "had discussions with several other NFL teams on adopting the model." While Guido "does not have any long-term projections on how many facilities the 49ers could open in the area, he hinted that the team could target a range of about three to six venues if the concept is successful" (FORBES.com, 11/15).

The Rolling Stones will go on a 13-stop stadium tour in America next spring, the band's "first extended run of shows in the U.S." since '15, according to Andy Greene of ROLLING STONE. The tour will "kick off April 20th at the Hard Rock Stadium ... and wrap up June 21st at Soldier Field" (ROLLINGSTONE.com, 11/19). The tour is being promoted by Concerts West, a division of AEG Presents (THE DAILY). VARIETY's Jem Aswad noted while just 13 dates were initially announced, there are "several days between each tour date," so additional shows "seem likely." The band had been "teasing the announcement for several weeks, with banners featuring its iconic logo hanging at football stadiums and various other hints" (VARIETY.com, 11/19).

DATE
CITY
VENUE
4/20
Miami Gardens
Hard Rock Stadium
4/24
Jacksonville
TIAA Bank Field
4/28
Houston
NRG Stadium
5/7
Glendale
State Farm Stadium
5/11
Pasadena
Rose Bowl
5/18
Santa Clara
Levi's Stadium
5/22
Seattle
CenturyLink Field
5/26
Denver
Broncos Stadium at Mile High
5/31
DC
FedExField
6/4
Philadelphia
Lincoln Financial Field
6/8
Foxboro
Gillette Stadium
6/13
East Rutherford
MetLife Stadium
6/21
Chicago
Soldier Field
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Rolling Stones tour venues