Venue News & Notes: Cisco Outfits New Yankees Stadium

To
further differentiate the new Yankee Stadium from the old, the New York Yankees
have teamed up with Cisco Systems to incorporate an array of fan-friendly
technologies into the $1.3 billion stadium. Among the new amenities are HD
video monitors placed throughout the stadium and touch-screen IP phones in the
luxury suites, so fans can order concessions and have Yankees merchandise
delivered directly to their seats.
…Cisco Systems will
team with the New York Yankees to incorporate
fan-friendly technologies in the Major League Baseball club’s new $1.3 billion
stadium. The Yankees will integrate video, voice, data, and wireless services
into one seamless network that transcends sports operations, connecting the
team to its fans in entirely new ways…
…The
vote in Yuma, AZ, last week rejecting a proposal to build a $53
million public arena was part of the city’s struggle to define itself: is
it still an old-time farm town or a metropolis on the move? The idea was to
lure minor-league franchises in hockey, soccer, and arena football to what
would have been the city’s largest air-conditioned center…
…A
hearing officer in Eugene has given the University of Oregon the go-ahead for
its $227
million basketball arena. The 12,500-seat pavilion could be the most
expensive college arena built. The school could start construction by year’s
end…
…City
officials and the members of the Louisville, KY, Arena Authority expect teamwork
from the group that has been assembled to plan, design, and construct the $238
million, 22,000-seat facility, which is being developed in the block
bounded by Second, Main, and Third streets and River Road…
…Oakland
Athletics owner Lew Wolff remains optimistic about building a
state-of-the-art ballpark in Fremont, CA, despite challenges and a shaky
economic situation. In November 2006, the A’s unveiled plans to move south and
build the long-awaited ballpark they hope will transform the small-market club
into a bigger spender and a more popular choice for fans in the Bay Area.