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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Though smaller than initially promised by the San Diego Padres, a grassy area known as the "Park at the Park" is ready for baseball fans who wish to enjoy games from a lawn just beyond the outfield. Mayor Dick Murphy and city officials inaugurated the park on Monday, just in time for the Padres' home season opener on Thursday. The 2.7-acre park is smaller than the four-acre site envisioned in early plans for the new downtown ballpark.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A new downtown ballpark has inspired a new mode of transportation. San Diego Harbor Excursions will shuttle Padres fans across San Diego Bay from Coronado and Shelter Island to Petco Park on a water taxi. The round-trip service will run during home games and will cost $10.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The city will pay a $450,000 fine for allowing muddy water to escape a sports park last winter. The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board had warned the city in the summer of 2002 that erosion control dams at the Big League Dream sports park wouldn't hold up in a downpour. A few months later, more than 7.1 million gallons of silty water flowed into a nearby creek and wetlands.
SPORTS
November 1, 2003 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
The Angels plan to vacate their spring-training home in Tempe, Ariz., by 2007 and could move to new training facility within a suburban Phoenix development now controlled by team owner Arte Moreno. On Wednesday, the day a hand-delivered letter notified Tempe officials that the Angels would not renew their lease there, Moreno agreed to become one of two partners in a residential and commercial development in Goodyear, 18 miles west of Phoenix.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Sacramento's mayor has given up hope for now of persuading the public and downtown businesses to support a plan to build a $538-million arena for the basketball Kings. "I don't see us moving forward at this point," Mayor Heather Fargo said in Saturday's Sacramento Bee. "We just don't have the support." City officials envision the arena as the centerpiece for development. The Kings play in Arco Arena, about five miles from downtown.
SPORTS
September 26, 2003 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
In another sign that they are trying to make themselves more competitive, the Clippers have spoken with Anschutz Entertainment Group about developing a basketball practice facility at the Home Depot Center in Carson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2003 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
State and city officials have brokered a deal that will bring athletic fields to Taylor Yard near downtown Los Angeles, heading off a dispute over the future of the state's urban parks that threatened to divide Latino activists, politicians and conservationists. Under the agreement, to be announced Friday, California will lease half of the new 40-acre Taylor Yard state park to Los Angeles recreation officials, who will manage the soccer and baseball fields.
SPORTS
August 5, 2003 | From Associated Press
Former UCLA coach John Wooden and his late wife will be honored Dec. 20 when the basketball floor at Pauley Pavilion will be named "John and Nell Wooden Court." The 92-year-old Wooden was UCLA's coach for 27 seasons before he retired in 1975. He coached the Bruins to a record 10 NCAA championships in his last 12 seasons. The Woodens were married shortly after the former coach's graduation from Purdue University in 1932. Nell Wooden died in 1985.
SPORTS
June 17, 2003 | Sam Farmer
The San Diego City Council will be updated today in closed session about the progress of the city's stadium negotiations with the Chargers. The negotiation team, appointed by the council, will seek direction on an offer by the Chargers to pay for a $400-million stadium on a portion of the existing 166-acre Qualcomm Stadium site in exchange for development rights on the rest of the land.
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