Enjoy Night To Remember At American Airlines Center
Don’t Stress Out Over These Extra New Year’s Resolutions
Convention Center Serves As NIST Laboratory
HKS secured a contract to design
the Indianapolis Colts’ new stadium. After a glance at renderings, the
stadium will have the same retro presence as
Conseco Fieldhouse, the home to the NBA Indiana Pacers. The
retractable-roof stadium called for a seating capacity of 70,000, with
120 luxury suites and 7,500 club seats on 25 acres south of the RCA
Dome, where the Colts presently play …
America West Arena in Phoenix has a new naming-rights
sponsor for the facility’s premium club and new pavilion inside the
front entrance in the form of the Phoenix-area Lexus dealership. Lexus
becomes the title sponsor of the 13,000-square-foot exclusive space on
the venue’s upper level and the new 16,000-square-foot glass-covered
pavilion on the ground floor.
While it has not been a banner year on the court for the New Orleans
Hornets, the team looks for good news after the Bonham Group was hired
to negotiate naming rights for the New
Orleans Arena, which opened in 1999 … The $225 million
Agganis Arena has opened on the
campus of Boston University, the university’s first new sports
facility since 1972. The facility holds a 6,300-seat capacity for
hockey games and 7,200 seats for concerts and other events … The
Broadway In Miami series will move to the
Miami Performing Arts Center after Clear Channel
Entertainment inked a 10-year agreement to start the series in 2006.
It had been presented by the Jackie Gleason Theatre for nearly 30
Global Spectrum has cut the ribbon on the new 100,000-square-foot
Hy-Vee Hall, a convention and
exhibition space comprising one of four facilities at the Iowa Events
Center in Des Moines … The St. Charles (MO)
Convention Center is still on target for an April 2005
opening. The facility will be attached to a John Q. Hammons Embassy
Suites with 296 rooms set in modern elegance and surrounded by
first-class amenities, including a day spa. When finished, the
convention center and Embassy Suites will represent a $71 million
complex that has been 12 years in the making. The convention center is
a $35 million project and will operate as a 154,000- square-foot
multi-functional facility. And still no hockey resolution in sight. To
find out how arenas are coping in the absence of NHL play, be sure and
read the feature in this issue by Rani Cher Monson..
Calm on the morning of Dec
26 belies the tragedy about to
The first wave 30 minutes
does not come in far but over-
takes tables in an area being set
up for a hotel luncheon as two
set-up employees head inland.
The largest of the tsunamis
in progress and swamp the resort.
Water settles and waves
subside. Photos by Joanne Davis
The tsunamis on December 26 that claimed tens of
thousands of lives in Asia and left as many survivors homeless have dented our psyches and stirred our
emotions after seeing film footage of the devastation. Many of those who
survived described the calm and then the suddenness with which the monstrous
waves capsized beaches, resorts and villages. Joanne Davis, deputy to Cliff
Wallace, managing director of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre,
was on holiday in Phuket, Thailand when the tsunamis struck as a result of a
9.0 earthquake that took place six miles under the surface of the Indian
Ocean. The quake was about 450 miles from Phuket and the area where Davis
was visiting was somewhat blocked by an offshore peninsula. “Joanne had been
swimming 30 minutes before any tsunamis, said Wallace. “She came in early
due to a strong undertow, which as it turns out was the sea withdrawing
before the first wave hit. In all, four tsunamis took place in the area and
occurred within six or seven minutes of one another. “Many people from Hong
Kong were in affected areas and we know of over 20 people who were on the
shores of impacted areas, said Wallace. “Fortunately, all we know of are
accounted for. “Our staff has set an objective to raise US$25,000 toward the
relief effort and our corporate office will match that. So many companies
here are doing great things. Hong Kong businesses and individuals pledged
over US$6 million (with a population of seven million) on the first day
following the tsunamis. ”
Wounded Troops Enjoy Night To
Remember At American Airlines Center
|Wounded soldiers from Brooke Army
Medical Center were guests of some
Dallas Mavericks’ season-ticket holders at
American Airlines Center.
This was not a venue decision. This was
not a NBA basketball team’s decision. This was the decision of one
season- ticket holder that spread to other season-ticket holders that
ended up making the night at a basketball game special for 140
individuals. When the Dallas Mavericks hosted the Atlanta Hawks on
December 18 at the American Airlines Center, six-year season- ticket
holder Neal Hawks gave up his front-row tickets — as did a number of
fellow frontrow season-ticket holders — to 140 wounded soldiers who were
flown in by American Airlines from the Brooke Army Medical Center in San
Antonio. Hawks actually decided last year to give up his seats on three
separate occasions. This year’s guests enjoyed visiting with players and
getting autographs. When they were introduced, an emotional 90-second
ovation cascaded about the men and women who were injured in Iraq and
Afghanistan. For his part, Hawks did not expect so many of his buddies
to donate the tickets. He admitted to hoping to get 60 tickets, but by
the time December 18 rolled around that number was 140.
Did you make your New
Year’s resolutions for 2005? Now that we are a month into the year have
you broken any of them? Don’t worry, because we can’t see that sheepish
look on your face!
Since it is still early in the year, we
thought we would add a few more resolutions for you to consider (if you
have not already), courtesy of StressTips.com:
- Set aside at least 15 minutes of
quality time for yourself every day.
- Prevent others from walking through
your head with their dirty feet (muddying up your ideas).
- Exercise at least three times a week
for 30 minutes at a time.
- Learn from your prior stressful
experiences and improve your stressbeating skills.
- Establish a personal journal and
record positive events, quotes and experiences.
- Take time to listen to good music.
- Read a good book.
- Laugh more and try to see the funny
side of life.
- Determine a realistic balance between
work and pleasure.
- Celebrate every day of the life that
Washington Convention Center
Serves As NIST Laboratory
|National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST) engineers Chris Holloway
and Galen Koepke place transmitters in a
protected air vent at the old Washington
Convention Center prior to the implosion
of the building.
Experiments aimed at improving emergency
radio communications were performed by researchers from the Department
of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at
the old Washington Convention Center before, during and after it was
demolished on December 18, 2004. The NIST work was intended to help
improve the communications capabilities of first responders. First
responders who rely on radio communications often lose signals in
shielded or complex environments such as the basements or elevator
shafts of facilities. To simulate disaster environments, NIST used
real-world “laboratories”— buildings such as the Washington Convention
Center that were imploded. Another NIST test occurred in March 2004 at
the site of the imploded Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.