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March 12, 2010
Silverdome owner knows these guys, see
The possibly crazy guy who bought the Pontiac Silverdome last year for $583,000 has given his first interview on the subject of what he plans to do with his new inflatable toy, and he sounds, well, possibly crazy — even after accounting for his speaking in stereotypically broken English. Take it away, Andreas Apostolopoulos:
"We're gonna spend a lot of money here, create a lot of jobs, meet a lot of new people. It's not for sale, and it's never gonna be for sale. ... When I seen it, I like it. I knew there was a lotta work to be done. But work doesn't scare me, you know?"
Apostolopoulos says he's been approached to use the Silverdome, which costs $1.5 million to maintain even when idle, for events like horse racing, polo, and soccer. The people behind these proposals were described by Apostolopoulos as "some guy" and "another guy." Though they already have monster trucks lined up, so maybe tomorrow it'll be major league polo. Or monster truck polo!
What - they're about to shoot themselves in the other foot? Oh well, if it's entirely with apocalyptic Apostolopoulos' cash or some other idle investors who have run out of coupons to clip, let them play in their field of schemes. For all we care, they can host major league tiddley-winks matches with PSLs to match.
Not to gloat (Detroit, we feel for you) Sacramento has its head further up its butt than Detroit ever did. Our plans for a shiny new dinosaur would trade away the last major urban public commons in the state to private developers to finance itself. No one has claim to being ahead of Sacramento in the greed&grease department - in that, we're a world-class bunch of yokels. info at The CEAV Project www.stopcalexpo.wordpress.com and www.ceav.us
I was trying to think of something to say here, but sometimes, well, res ipsa loquitor.
Hey maybe Halifax Nova Scotia struggling for a 25000 seat stadium could buy the seats out of the upper deck for 3 million ? They would make this Toronto developer 6 times his original investment and cover 3 years of annual maintenance in the process. 80 K of seating is not needed . Seats never seeing sunlight are probably pretty good. plus Halifax could see 20 years of Lions chewing gum under the seats