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The Kent Events Center - Just the facts
Posted on 18-Apr-2007 14:11:29
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Links related to the Kent Event Center are consolidated here in post#1.


1st a note from Moxee's post about the media coverage (April, 18, 2007):
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The news was just announced on Seattle KOMO TV that Amiga bought the naming rights.


Historical link
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"T-Birds and Amiga Inc. Announce Content Deal"
http://amigaworld.net/modules/news/article.php?storyid=3336
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The current links
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Seattle Thunderbirds pre-announcement of the media event:
http://www.seattlethunderbirds.com/news/news.php?id=391

Seattle Thunderbirds report on the media event:
http://www.seattle-thunderbirds.com/news/news.php?id=396

City of Kent home page with many links at bottom:
http://www.ci.kent.wa.us

City of Kent fact sheet on the event center (links at bottom)
http://www.ci.kent.wa.us/eventcenter/facts.asp

City of Kent .mp3 of City Council announcement of "Amiga Center At Kent"
http://www.divshare.com/download/457927-9a3

Kent forum and message boards (2 amiga related threads):
http://www.topix.net/forum/city/kent-wa

The article from Amiga Future:
http://www.amigafuture.de/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14685

"City of Kent Sells Multi-Million Dollar Naming Rights for Proposed Events Center to Amiga"
http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3455001

"City of Kent Sells Multi-Million Dollar Naming Rights for Proposed Events Center to Amiga"
http://amiga.com/news/?art=25

Seattle Times story:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003670187_webeventcenter17m.html

Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/hockey/312042_bird18.html

Another Seattle Times link from the City of Kent webpage:
here.

Puget Sound Business Journal (details on naming rights/costs):
here.

Seattle Times on the "idea incubator":
Here.

"Amiga Center At Kent Recieves Funding From Legislature"
http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3460126

Kent Reporter:
http://www.kentreporter.com/jumpstory.html?story=news2&pubdate=4/28/2007

Seattle Times "Kent arena's new benefactor has history of troubles"
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003712151_kentarena18m.html

Kent Reporter "Public gives an earful at event-center hearing"
http://www.kentreporter.com/jumpstory.html?story=news2&pubdate=5/26/2007

Kent Reporter "Amiga: We are good for the money"
http://www.kentreporter.com/jumpstory.html?story=news1&pubdate=5/26/2007

Kent Reporter "City of Kent waits for word on Amiga's payment"
http://www.kentreporter.com/jumpstory.html?story=news2&pubdate=6/6/2007

Puget Sound Business Journal "Amiga Center at Kent - LMN Architects"
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2007/07/02/story15.html?from_rss=1
(note:above article available only by subscription)

Kent Reporter "Events-center bids delayed"
http://www.kentreporter.com/jumpstory.html?story=community1&pubdate=7/7/2007

Puget Sound Business Journal "Naming rights at stake for Kent's arena"
here

Seattle Times "Kent officials lose patience with Amiga"
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003804624_kentarena25m.html

Puget Sound Business Journal "Time running out on Amiga-Kent arena deal"
http://washington.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2007/07/23/daily22.html

Kent Reporter "Kent Council votes on center Thursday"
http://www.kentreporter.com/jumpstory.html?story=news1&pubdate=7/25/2007

Puget Sound Business Journal "Kent votes to build new arena"
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2007/07/23/daily38.html

Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Kent approves arena
Thunderbirds hope to play there in late 2008"
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/hockey/325536_bird28.html

City of Kent, Washington
"Preliminaries are Over; Kent to Become Home to Events Center
Historic vote to change the face of community"
http://www.ci.kent.wa.us/newsreleases/eventscenter.asp

Seattle Times "Amiga fails to deliver cash, loses naming rights to Kent arena"
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003813881_kentarena31m.html

Puget Sound Business Journal "Kent ends naming-rights talks with Amiga Inc."
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2007/07/30/daily5.html?jst=b_ln_hl

City of Kent, Washington
"City of Kent Ends Negotiations with Amiga, Inc.
Naming Rights for Kent Events Center Available"
http://www.ci.kent.wa.us/newsreleases/eventscenternaming.asp

Seattle Thunderbirds
"Score! Thunderbirds to have new home in Kent" (info on revenue sharing)
http://kentreporter.com/jumpstory.html?story=news2&pubdate=8/1/2007

Seattle Times "Events center overruns delay safety projects"
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Please add any interesting links you may find concerning the topic to this thread and I will try to copy the additional links back into this post#1.
All links posted through Sunday August 5, 2007 are now in post#1.

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Re: The Kent Events Center - Just the facts
Posted on 19-Apr-2007 2:08:34
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@all

Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/hockey/312042_bird18.html
(thanks to Moxee for the link)

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Re: The Kent Events Center - Just the facts
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@number6

Wow. Pretty lofty goals there, Steve... Steve?

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Re: The Kent Events Center - Just the facts
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Another from the Seattle Times latest link from the City of Kent webpage:
here.

"The city now awaits final approval before the session ends this weekend."

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@Legion
I guess "Steve McEwan" was an (all too common *) note-taking mistake by a journalist.

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Re: The Kent Events Center - Just the facts
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Hmm. Looking at the size of this thread, and the other threads on the same topic, there seems to be a general lack of interest in just the facts.

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Re: The Kent Events Center - Just the facts
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@Hans

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Hmm. Looking at the size of this thread, and the other threads on the same topic, there seems to be a general lack of interest in just the facts.

Heh! Naw.
The point of my thread is simply to keep the links available in one easy to find location, since we have many people who don't have the time to search through all the other threads.

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Re: The Kent Events Center - Just the facts
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Thanks to number6 and Moxee



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Re: The Kent Events Center - Just the facts
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@number6

Thanks for the links, they were rather entertaining. Especially this one:


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The \"Amiga Center at Kent\" will bring tens of thousands of people to the city for events such as Amiga\'s international developer conferences and for Amiga\'s new product launches. This partnership will significantly raise the city\'s profile among a new, much larger, international audience.\"


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Re: The Kent Events Center - Just the facts
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Amiga said it would use the events center as a kind of testing ground for its technology, offering everything from cellphone-based orders of hot dogs to kiosks with its newest games.

cellphone-based orders of hot dogs?

What about cellphone-based orders of SAM license?

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Re: The Kent Events Center - Just the facts
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@Giovanni

I've seen this quote misinterpreted elsewhere.

"ten thousands" "such as" "Amiga conferences".....
means "ten thousands of people to ALL events at the event center".
that "includes whatever number of people the Amiga events might draw".

I'm not saying you read it this way, but I know of people who have read and commented on this as if the "ten thousands" ONLY aplied to "Amiga conferences".
That is not how it reads.

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MMMmmmmm!

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@AmiKit

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cellphone-based orders of hot dogs?

What about cellphone-based orders of SAM license?


Wouldn't that be wonderful !

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@AmiKit

Quote:

AmiKit wrote:
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Amiga said it would use the events center as a kind of testing ground for its technology, offering everything from cellphone-based orders of hot dogs to kiosks with its newest games.

cellphone-based orders of hot dogs?

What about cellphone-based orders of SAM license?

Man, if that were billed to your cellphone account, that could be a shocker if you sent a text to the wrong number and order a SAM accidentally.

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Or a pancake booth

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@number6

Nice work in your first post editing. I like it.

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@all

New link from Seattle Times added to post#1.

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@number6

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I know of people who have read and commented on this as if the "ten thousands" ONLY aplied to "Amiga conferences". That is not how it reads.

Well, looking again at the quote
Quote:
The "Amiga Center at Kent" will bring tens of thousands of people to the city for events such as Amiga's international developer conferences and for Amiga's new product launches.

I get a strong impression that the writer believes Amiga's events are examples of the kind that will draw tens of thousands of people. Of course "such as" means other events will also be of that scale, but they will be along with Amiga's, not in place of or in contrast to Amiga's.

McEwen painted quite a fantastic picture of his company for the Kent people, who seem to have accepted it without further checking on Amiga, Inc.'s actual size and accomplishments and capabilties. I suppose "don't look a gift horse in the mouth" explains their behavior.

It is also possible that Amiga, Inc. will undergo a magnificent transformation and become what McEwen says it already is (just to cover all the bases here). In this case I and quite a few others will be eating crow, but for a good cause, I guess, especially if the old debts can be cleared as the company ascends to grandeur.

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Missed one or two:
http://www.topix.net/forum/city/kent-wa/T6TE3BB2QIOPAK8OT

And the MP3 for Kent council:
http://www.divshare.com/download/457927-9a3

Funny stuff in the mp3..


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Funny stuff in the mp3..

Oh, man . . . have these people been conned.

Some quotes or paraphrases quickly typed while listening to the mp3 and probably containing errors (don't attribute any of this to the Kent officials without verifying against the original):

For those that don't realize how long Amiga has been around . . the original letter [text on video] device that we used here in Kent was an Amiga brand, as it was basically throughout the nation....

Amiga has one section headquartered in India, others in various other sections of Asia...

Amiga is actually an international corporation in the sense that it has board members around the world.

Amiga, which is the world's premier provider of multi-media enabling technologies....

A delightful conversation....

They will be moving the headquarters to Kent, so it isn't just the naming rights, . . . but the company itself, and great opportunities lie ahead there....

Will work with the schools to make reallife digital education a part of the process.

Any number of video games among the software that they now currently develop....


The mayor refers to a team that worked on getting this contract, including attorneys. so I guess either Amiga's past actions and current status/capabilities were successfully concealed or explained away or else the attorneys and others are satisfied that the past shenanigans and discrepancies between description and reality are irrelevant to this deal.

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