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Category: Teams and Tenants
EARLY ARRIVALS: At Luther Williams Field, Georgia’s Macon Bacon were among the first baseball teams with fans in the stands after the shutdown last year. (Courtesy team) Across the country, owners have weighed the wisdom of going dark vs. playing on, all with the goal of making it past the pandemic Ken Young owns five minor league baseball teams, stretching from Norfolk, Virginia, to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Every Monday during the pandemic, the general managers of those clubs send him an update on the available cash on hand and whether Young needs to replenish those coffers. Those exchanges are tough to swallow, as they have been for everybody working in sports and entertainment. For Young, who also serves as executive chairman of Spectra Food Services and Hospitality, the losses he incurred from the cancellation of Minor League Baseball in 2020 run in the “multiple millions of dollars.” “I sit around […]
Delaware North, the owner of the Bruins and TD Garden, has used The Hub on Causeway, its $1 billion retail and entertainment district tied to the arena, to help keep fans of the Bruins, Celtics and Red Sox engaged during the pandemic.
Release the merch! The Seattle Kraken has done just that, opening an off-site team store with shopping by appointment and other measures designed to let fans of the new Seattle NHL team browse safely.
WARM-UPS: Morning exercise groups fill to capacity as part of Titletown’s programming. (Courtesy Green Bay Packers) Mixed-use area next to Lambeau Field is back, hopes Pack fans are too Are the Green Bay Packers pandemic-proof? For a charter NFL team in the league’s smallest market, reopening the Titletown district provides a glimpse into post-COVID economics for one of sports’ strongest brands. Titletown, a 45-acre mixed-use development spearheaded by the Packers, debuted in 2017 across the street from Lambeau Field. The first phase encompassed bars and restaurants, a sports medicine clinic, the Nike Grind artificial turf football field accessible to the public, an Associated Bank branch and Lodge Kohler, a 154-room hotel. A few outdoor attractions such as the three-story snow tubing hill and a skating rink operate during the winter months. In the summer, the hill is used for outdoor movie nights and the skating rink becomes a plaza with […]