Venue News & Notes: NBA Outdoor Game an Economic Slam Dunk

The NBA’s outdoor game at Indian Wells Tennis Garden has been a slam dunk for the Coachella Valley, CA, economy since 2008. Now in its third year, the event in the 16,100-seat stadium that pits the Phoenix Suns against the Dallas Mavericks promises to draw thousands of basketball buffs from Arizona and Texas and throughout the Southern California market. “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Steve Simon, chief operating officer of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home to the annual BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. “It’s one of the special nights in the valley”…

English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur is looking to put one over on London rival West Ham with its bid to take over the 2012 Olympic Stadium after the Games. Spurs announced this week that a planning application for a new stadium scheme called the Northumberland Development Project had been approved by Haringey Council this week. But club officials said they had also submitted a bid for the Olympic Stadium with sports and entertainment giant AEG as a backup plan…

…A £110 million bid to build three sports stadiums in Northern Ireland is a step closer this week but still has a number of hurdles to overcome, according to Sports Minister Nelson McCausland. He will have to bid again for capital to develop the venues for Gaelic games, football and rugby, and there is no guarantee he will be successful, Deputy Secretary Edgar Jardine says. Last year, the executive gave the go-ahead for the three stadium projects after the planned multisports venue at the Maze was scuppered, but the Treasury’s anticipated £2 billion cut to Northern Ireland’s block grant effectively means all bets are off…

…Voters are being asked in the Nov. 2 election to let the city of Mesa, AZ, spend up to $99 million for a new stadium, practice facilities, and associated infrastructure for the Chicago Cubs’ spring-training facilities. Proposition 420 would allow Mesa to spend up to $84 million for a stadium, practice fields, and training facilities for the Chicago Cubs. Mesa has promised it will spend no more than $15 million for associated infrastructure. If the stadium and practice areas cost more than $84 million, the Cubs will pay the extra money.

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