Venue News & Notes: Sports Complex Would Revitalize Sacramento, Report Says

A sports and entertainment complex in the downtown railyard — if done properly — would “catapult revitalization and significantly improve the face of downtown Sacramento,” according to a newly released report. The Downtown Sacramento Partnership and a consulting team from the Graduate School of Management at the University of California Davis studied the potential economic impacts of a proposed downtown arena. “The report suggests that a well-integrated complex with parallel investment in downtown’s core assets, including Old Sacramento, Downtown Plaza, JKL retail corridor, and the convention center, will maximize economic impact and strengthen the surrounding neighborhood,” the Downtown Sacramento Partnership said in a news release this week…

…The Detroit Red Wings and Detroit mayor Dave Bing agreed to extend talks aimed at a lease renewal that will keep the hockey club at Joe Louis Arena. The Detroit Free Press revealed that both sides have agreed to continue pursuing a new lease agreement for the arena, which the Red Wings have called home since the 1979-80 season. The current lease agreement between the two parties ends on Wednesday. Reports had surfaced throughout the previous season that the team was trying to decide whether or not to stay at Joe Louis Arena or, like the Pistons two decades earlier, build a new arena in the Detroit suburbs…

…The San Diego Sports Arena was selected to host the 2010 Fed Cup Final, an international tennis tournament for women between the United States and Italy, said the U.S. Tennis Association. The event, set for Nov. 6-7 and sponsored by BNP Paribas, was one of the most sought after tennis events in the nation, and San Diego came out first among 10 cities that bid on hosting it, said the USTA. Mayor Jerry Sanders said the news was terrific not only for tennis lovers, but because it gives the city the chance to showcase the vibrancy of the city to the world…

Rutgers is looking to sell the naming rights to its football stadium and basketball arena. The asking price was still being determined. It is conceivable the two buildings will have different naming rights buyers. The football stadium in Piscataway has long been called Rutgers Stadium. The nearby basketball arena is known as the Louis Brown Athletic Center but is more popularly known as the Rutgers Athletic Center…

…Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin says the university is working with a Kansas City architecture firm on a master plan for expanding Davis-Wade Stadium. Stricklin says Populous — formerly HOK Sports — is working with MSU on a 20-to-25 year plan that would have a 75,000-seat football stadium on campus in Starkville.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Stricklin told an alumni group in Greenwood this week that 25 years ago the stadium sat 30,000. He says now average attendance is about 55,000.

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