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Category: Tacoma Dome

June
19th

Tacoma Dome naming rights: Potential suitor in own back yard?

As we wrote about in today’s newspaper, the City of Tacoma is now soliciting bids for selling the naming rights to the Tacoma Dome.

The effort is part of a strategy to draw new revenues from corporate sponsorships being sought for both the T-Dome and the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.  Both venues are meant to be self-sufficient enterprises, but each still garners subsidies from the city’s General Fund.

The city has sent its formal request for proposals to nine consulting and marketing firms. They include:  Premier Partnerships of Santa Monica, CA;  Legends Sales & Marketing of Plano,

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April
16th

Tacoma Councilman David Boe says his hybrid plan for Link expansion has been misunderstood by, well just about everybody

Tacoma City Councilman David Boe, he of the back-of-the-napkin plan to extend Link light rail in Tacoma, sounds a bit like Eric Burdon (Google it).

You know, “I’m just a soul whose intentions are good; Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood.”

His request of Sound Transit, delivered via City Manager T.C. Broadnax, was for an extension of existing Link tracks that reached Martin Luther King, Jr. Way … eventually. But Boe says Sound Transit misinterpreted his suggested route.

Sound Transit last week reported that the route they studied had engineering and cost problems. That route sought to get

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March
1st

Corporate owner of Tacoma’s immigration detention center buys naming rights to Florida football stadium, sparking protests

The corporate owner of the federal immigration detention center on Tacoma’s Tide Flats recently bought the naming rights to Florida Atlantic University’s new football stadium — a move that has sparked sit-ins and other student protests.

The GEO Group, the second largest private prison contractor on the planet, has paid $6 million for naming rights to FAU’s stadium for the next 12 years, according to various published reports.

George Zoley, chief executive officer and chairman for the company that has reported as much as $2.8 billion in annual earnings in recent years, is an alumnus of the

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Oct.
15th

Tacoma: Kim Bedier, general manager of Everett’s Comcast Arena, is hired as city’s new Public Assembly Facilities director

Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax announced today he has hired Kim Bedier of Global Spectrum — a private arena management firm that supervises operations at Everett’s Comcast Arena — as the city’s new public assembly facilities director.

“I’m extremely excited to join the City of Tacoma,” Bedier is quoted in a city press release issued today. “I look forward to collaborating with the community and its leadership to enhance the great things already happening with the public venues. I welcome the opportunity to work with the existing team to explore the potential that exists here.”

Bedier manages the Everett arena

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April
30th

No Van Halen party for Tacoma Dome cleaning crew

The burning question (for me, at least) out of the news that the Tacoma Dome cleaning is complete was: Will Van Halen throw the six-man crew a bash in appreciation?

When reporter Stacia Glenn interviewed the crew’s foreman earlier this month, Dave Yeisley told her that cleaners planned to present a spick-and-span roof by Saturday – with a tiny hope that Van Halen, which is performing at the Dome then, would be so impressed they’d throw the crew a celebratory party.

Yeisley’s tongue may have been firmly planted in cheek, but the crew did end up beating its

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March
26th

Tacoma: City records shed no light on mystery Tacoma Dome donor

As a contracted maintenance crew ambled onto the Tacoma Dome’s grimy rooftop this morning to begin an overdue scrub down, the identity of the donor who’s paying for the work remains a mystery.

Records released by the city Friday in response to The News Tribune’s public disclosure request indicate city officials don’t even know the donor’s identity — at least, on paper.

Rather, the records only show that an unpaid intermediary — Tom Luce, the director of the Executive Council for a Greater Tacoma — approached the city in early March with the donor’s conditional gift. According to a signed

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March
20th

Donor pays to have Tacoma Dome roof cleaned

An anonymous donor has given the City of Tacoma money to clean the Tacoma Dome roof.

The donation covers up to $103,835 and the work must be complete by May 8, city spokesman Rob McNair-Huff said.

Crews will begin cleaning Monday. They were atop the roof today checking on rigging that will be needed during the cleaning process. The roof has not been cleaned since 2003.

Pioneer Masonry, the same contractor that last did the cleaning, has been chosen to clean the Dome roof.

In a written statement, Mayor Marilyn Strickland expressed her gratitude to the donor.

“The Dome is

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Feb.
29th

Tacoma: City dismisses ethics complaint against former facilities director Mike Combs stemming from Dome study

UPDATED: 5:28 p.m. In a phone interview this afternoon, Combs said he is satisfied with the review’s findings.

“It’s what I expected,” he said. “…What I was doing was working on this as a private citizen. I’m not a consultant or a city employee any more.”

Original post:

The city has dismissed an ethics complaint against former Public Assembly Facilities Director Mike Combs after a review found he did not violate Tacoma’s ethics code when he worked last year to seek a publicly-funded study about the Tacoma Dome.

Combs, a city employee for 25 years, had worked for several

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