The Delta Dugout - Madison Square Park Conservancy application to conduct special event for the broadcast of the Mets/Yankees games either on Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 20, 21 and 22, 2011 or on Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 1, 2 and 3, 2011.
WHEREAS, Madison Square Park Conservancy has submitted an application seeking permission to conduct a series of special events, which would be sponsored by Delta, for the broadcast of three (3) Mets/Yankees Subway Series games on a Jumbotron near the reflecting pool in Madison Square Park; and
WHEREAS, The evening games on Friday May 20 or Friday July 1 will start at 7:00 PM, and the afternoon games on Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22 or on Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3 will start at 1:00 PM; and
WHEREAS, These proposed events, known as the Delta Dugout series, which were previously conducted on Friday Saturday and Sunday June 18, 19 and 20, 2010, would be similar to the special events for the broadcast of the U.S. Open matches, where activities are free and open to the public; and
WHEREAS, Last year, Delta contributed $120,000 to the Madison Square Park Conservancy, and it is expected that they would either match or increase their contribution for 2011; and
WHEREAS, This proposed event would feature a screen to show the games, a set of bleachers near the screen, and local food vendors on the north end of Madison Square Park; and
WHEREAS, The south end of the park would be utilized for children's activities such as batting cages, pitch throwing, and baseball clinics, which will all be shut down when the games start; and
WHEREAS, The proposed event would include a Delta Dugout lounge on the south end of the park, which would be free and open to the public, and have minimal and unobtrusive signage; and
WHEREAS, Nothing other than the baseball game broadcasts with commercials will be displayed on the Jumbotron; and
WHEREAS, If beer and wine are sold for consumption, this would be in selected areas and all wine and beer licenses would be displayed, service would stop at 9:30 PM and the vendors would be responsible to monitor where the purchaser goes within the park and security personnel would be posted by the concessions; and
WHEREAS, Madison Square Park Conservancy has agreed that when presenting future event applications, that they will clearly state whether or not these events are occurring concurrently with previously approved special events; and
WHEREAS, If there are any material changes in the event from the previous year i.e. signage, set-up, scale, location, and/or ancillary activities, Madison Square Park Conservancy has agreed to return and present these changes to Community Board Five; and
WHEREAS, With very little promotional intent, the proposed event would provide New York baseball fans - who may not be able to afford to be spectators at CitiField or Yankee Stadium - with the opportunity to watch our hometown teams playing against one another, in an outdoor setting on a late spring or early summer afternoon or night; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of Madison Square Park Conservancy's application to conduct the Delta Dugout special events for the broadcast of the Mets/Yankees games in Madison Square Park either on Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 20, 21 and 22, 2011, or on Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 1, 2 and 3, 2011.
The above resolution passed by a vote of 27 in favor; 1 opposed; 1 abstaining.