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07/30/2010

ESPN taking over Fort Worth

It won't be difficult running into somebody during Super Bowl XLV week who's got some connection to ESPN. Here's today's print story on what's going on with Tarrant County hotels and the Super Bowl block.

 

And here's more.

 

Jed Wagenknecht, general manager of the Courtyard by Marriott Fort Worth Downtown/Blackstone hotel, confirms the National Football League assigned 100 rooms in his hotel to the network from the block of 24,000 rooms that North Texas secured as part of its bid to win next year’s Super Bowl.

 

So far, the Renaissance Worthington (75 rooms) and Hilton Fort Worth (40 rooms, with potential for another 190-plus) also have confirmed they’ve been assigned part of the ESPN group. The Omni Fort Worth Hotel, hosting the AFC champion team, expects to receive part of the ESPN business.

 

The ubiquitous network is expected to spread its talent, VIPs, and production people across several hotels, so more news is expected on this front.

 

The Courtyard put up 130 of its 203 rooms as part of the NFL block. Besides ESPN’s rooms, the NFL also has assigned the remaining 30 rooms in the Courtyard block to other users, Wagenknecht said.

 

Wagenknecht expects part of his ESPN block to be taken up by network people who will be in town for longer than the Thursday-Sunday peak.

 

Imagine how large of a footprint ESPN might have if it – not Fox – actually had the game.

 

- Scott Nishimura, business reporter, Star-Telegram