Portland to pay homage to Arthur Andersen
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It might be the only time this season that fans are allowed to shred their own documents at the ball park.
The Portland Beavers, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, are sponsoring "Arthur Andersen Appreciation Night" to poke fun at the beleaguered accounting firm.
At the July 18 home game against Edmonton, anyone named "Arthur" or "Andersen" will receive free admission. And the first person named "Arthur Andersen" will get a gift package that includes a party inside a luxury suite for 80 friends.
Fans are encouraged to bring old documents to be destroyed at several "shredding stations" throughout the park. The team also will tuck away certificates for a game of "massive debt hide-and-go-seek."
Arthur Andersen LLP, based in Chicago, was convicted of obstruction of justice last month for shredding and altering documents related to an investigation into energy trading company Enron's complex accounting practices.
When telecommunications giant WorldCom, which was also audited by Andersen, announced it had concealed nearly $4 billion in losses, the Beavers decided to have some fun with the scandals.
"We're sure WorldCom's not going to be the last," Beavers general manager Mark Schuster said. "With all the negative stuff that's come out of this, sooner or later you have to laugh about it."
The Beavers' parent company, Portland Family Entertainment, found itself in financial trouble after it was revealed that the team had lost $8 million in its first season of operation. The Goldklang Group, a management company known for creative marketing of other minor-league teams, was brought in to run the Beavers.
Portland plays at PGE Park, named for Portland General Electric, a utility owned by ... Enron.
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