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IN BRIEF

SPORTS MARKET

KANSAS CITY, MO — Ryan Gedney, NCARB, AIA, recently joined HNTB Corporation as National Design Director of Architecture and Vice President. Over the past 20 years, Gedney has focus on innovative master planning of sports and entertainment districts. His projects include Rogers Place Arena for the Edmonton Oilers, the State Farm Arena renovation for the Atlanta Hawks, Little Caesars Arena for the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons, Mercedes Benz Stadium for the Atlanta Falcons, and Avaya Stadium for the San Jose Earthquakes. According to Chris Migneron, NCARB, AIA, HNTB Architecture National Practice Leader and Vice President, Gedney’s “experience on large-scale stadium and arena projects in particular enhances the services that we offer to both professional sports franchises and university athletic departments to help them meet their goals of creating first-class amenities and modernized experiences for their fans.” LOS ANGELES, CA — In December, the LA Galaxy hired Dennis te Kloese as General Manager. Te Kloese, the former Director of National Teams for the Mexican Football Federation, said, “I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to join the LA Galaxy and look forward to strengthening all soccer 10

operations within this club. The LA Galaxy and its supporters expect to compete for championships year-in and year-out. I am fully committed to putting together a team capable of competing at the highest level.” LOS ANGELES, CA — The XFL launched the weekend of Feb. 8-9, 2020 with teams in eight cities and venues: Globe Life Park in Dallas, TDECU Stadium in Houston, StubHub Center in Los Angeles, MetLife Stadium in New York, The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, and Audi Field in Washington, DC. MUMBAI, INDIA and NEW YORK, NY — The NBA announced in December that the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings will play in two preseason games in Mumbai, on Oct. 4 and 5 at the NSCI Dome. The games will mark the first games the NBA has played in India and the first games staged in the country by a North American sports league. BookMyShow and AEG will produce the NBA India Games 2019, which will air live in India and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories on television and digital and social media. “Our inaugural NBA India Games will help further untap the enormous basketball potential in a country with a thriving sports culture

and a growing, young and engaged population,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “We thank the Kings and Pacers organizations for participating in this historic event.” PORTLAND, OR — The Green Sports Alliance has named former Roger McClendon Executive Director. McClendon previously served as Chief Sustainability Officer for Yum! Brands. The Green Sports Alliance is an international group of sports and stadium executives, as well as sustainability experts, who use sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities. McClendon said that he intends to have the Alliance “engaged beyond just environmental issues, moving to that next level of impact,” including social and economic issues such as eliminating poverty, ensuring quality education and achieving gender equality.

into our next decade here in China Basin,” said Giants President and CEO Laurence M. Baer. “While there were several national and local companies interested in the opportunity, Oracle — a longstanding partner of the Giants — was a perfect fit because of its deep roots in the Bay Area, its position as a global leader in technology and innovation, and its shared commitment to community values of diversity and inclusion, sustainability, education and philanthropy.  We look forward to engaging in a model partnership.” As part of the agreement, Oracle will partner with the Giants to invest in a number of improvements to Oracle Park over the next five years, including the addition of a new, stateof-the-art scoreboard and signage. SEATTLE, WA — Per an $87.5 million naming rights deal between the Seattle Mariners

The newly named T-Mobile Park, formerly Safeco Field

REDWOOD SHORES, CA — The San Francisco Giants and Oracle recently signed a 20-year partnership providing Oracle with the naming rights to the ballpark through 2038. As of Jan. 10, AT&T Park is renamed Oracle Park. “We are thrilled to welcome Oracle as our naming rights partner as we move

and T-Mobile, Safeco Field will be known as T-Mobile Park beginning with the 2019 MLB season. “Fans have come to expect a great experience at this ballpark, and we have made a commitment to invest substantial Club revenues over the next 25 years to make sure that continues,” commented Mariners Continued on page 12

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