Facility NotesPublished April 19, 2012
In Green Bay, Richard Ryman notes Buffalo-based Delaware North Companies “takes over as food and beverage provider on July 1” at Lambeau Field. DNC Sportservice “will replace Levy Restaurants of Chicago, whose contract with the Green Bay Packers expired after 10 years at Lambeau.” In addition to managing game-day concessions and catering, DNC Sportservice “will operate Curly’s Pub restaurant in the Lambeau Field Atrium,” and might “also manage some of the game-day eateries in the atrium.” DNC Sportservice President Rick Abramson said that “speed and quality of service are primary goals.” The company will use “its GuestPath customer-service program, and the Packers believe upgraded technology also will improve game-day ordering” (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 4/19).
FACE LIFT: The WALL STREET JOURNAL’s Damian Paletta reports state legislators “turned to an unlikely source: a federal fund for cleaning up abandoned coal mines” when the Univ. of Wyoming “needed an extra $10 million for renovations to its basketball arena last month.” As allowed under law, the university “plans to use the money to fix up its Arena-Auditorium, where its Cowboys play, providing an exterior face lift and rotating the court 90 degrees.” Gov. Matt Mead said that he “had concerns about the basketball-arena project, but agreed to support the funding because the school needed it” (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 4/19).
TEAMING UP: In Cleveland, Thomas Ott reports Hard Rock Chair Jim Allen and harness racing track Northfield Park Owner Brock Milstein yesterday unveiled plans “for a $275 million development” that will include “slot machines and other attractions.” Allen said that the “racino” would be “a first for a worldwide company that has interests in full-scale casinos, hotels, restaurants and live music.” The project “hinges on the outcome of a Franklin County court case challenging the state legislature's approval of slot machines at Ohio's seven horse tracks.” Ott notes a decision “is expected by the end of next month” (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 4/19).
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Heat Will Partner With SBE For New VIP Lounge At AmericanAirlines Arena Next Season
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LSU's Tiger Stadium To Undergo $100M Expansion, Add Gymnastics, Tennis Facilities
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