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Nov 29, 2001

CCE Signs Minneapolis Stadium, Leaving One To Wonder, Just Where Is The AMA Supercross Series Going To Run In 2003?

The parking lot of Taco Bell? The field behind Scotty's house? Next to the AMA museum in Pickerington, Ohio? On the lawn in front of the JamSports building in Chicago? Where?<BR><BR>Enough frivolity: The latest press release on Clear Channel Motor Sport's relentless march toward locking up every decent stadium that has hosted a Supercross race in the U.S. follows:<BR><BR>Minnesota's Metrodome Signs a Three-Year Supercross Deal with Clear Channel Entertainment<BR><BR>AURORA, Ill. (November 28, 2001) - Another major stadium has been added to the list of venues that have signed multi-year agreements with Clear Channel Entertainment's motor sports division for the 2003 Clear Channel Entertainment Supercross Series, as Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey (H.H.H.)<BR>Metrodome has agreed to a three-year agreement with Clear Channel Entertainment. Clear Channel's EA SPORTS Supercross will extend its eight-year tradition of thrilling supercross fans in the Twin Cities into 2005.<BR><BR>The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome is owned and operated by the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (MSFC). It opened in 1982 and is the home of the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins and University of Minnesota Gophers.<BR><BR>Since 1982, the combined attendance at Metrodome events exceeds 55 million people, making it the most versatile and heavily used stadium in the nation.<BR><BR>Standing 16 stories high, with 64,000 seats and 115 suites inside a heated dome, the upper Midwest has no better choice for stadium events of such epic proportions as EA SPORTS Supercross.<BR><BR>Dennis Alfton, director of operations for the MSFC, said, "Clear Channel Entertainment's Supercross event has become a Midwest tradition every winter since 1994. Since Clear Channel Entertainment brought EA SPORTS Supercross<BR>to the Metrodome, the event has averaged 56,002 fans, coming from everywhere in the Midwest including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Dakotas and Canada.<BR><BR>The excitement and enthusiasm that surrounds this event is one that the Twin Cities is elated to continue through its long term relationship with Clear Channel Entertainment."<BR><BR>"This is another chapter of terrific news for supercross enthusiasts everywhere, and another demonstration of a great stadium management team<BR>securing the best in motorcycle entertainment. The supercross in the Metrodome has always been a terrific event in the heart of the season, and<BR>the Twin Cities' three-year commitment to our supercross is an honor," said Charlie Mancuso, president of Clear Channel Entertainment's motor sports division.