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The Boston Redevelopment Authority's unreleased draft of recommendations for a proposed downtown megaplex includes delaying construction of a 70,000-seat domed stadium until traffic concerns are further explored. State legislative leaders suggest building the convention center on a site which could later accomodate a stadium, but, as one source said: "There doesn't appear to be a site in Boston that can easily accommodate" the number of cars leaving the city on game days. If a stadium is omitted, the Weld administration is expected to reccommend state aid to refurbish Foxboro Stadium (Meg Vaillancourt, BOSTON GLOBE, 9/11).
Jackson County Sports Complex Authority has agreed to pay Cleveland's S.W. Franks Construction Co. close to $2M to install natural grass, a new warning track, and fences in Royals' Kauffman Stadium (K.C. STAR, 9/9)....The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission will decide on the new lease with the Giants at Candlestick Park. Giants VP Larry Baer said the pact would extend the lease by five years and eliminate a clause requiring the city to pay for the team's defense if sued for leaving Candlestick Park (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/9). ....IHL Knights President and co-owner Richard Adler announced that funding is set for a new $120M, 22,000 seat arena and 20,000 seat amphitheater in Alpharetta outside Atlanta. Hawks Exec VP Lee Douglas said Adler's plans don't affect Turner Broadcasting's efforts to build a new arena in Atlanta as a way of luring an NHL franchise (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/10).
Spectacor and CoreStates Financial Corp. announced a $40M, 29-year marketing contract Friday which includes renaming Philadelphia's Spectrum Arena as the CoreStates Spectrum and its unfinished neighbor (formerly Spectrum 2) as the CoreStates Center. Spectacor founder and owner Ed Snider "said he felt a little bit of regret" about having to sell the arena's name, but that he made the deal to avoid raising ticket prices to pay for construction. CoreStates will get exclusive marketing and financial services rights in the arena, as well as placement of its name throughout the complex, including the roof. CoreStates' logo will also appear on arena workers' uniforms and event tickets, and all broadcasts, advertising and publicity materials will "prominently" CoreStates. The deal includes an annual rent- free corporate event, space for four advertising dioramas per arena, and access to luxury suites and meeting rooms in the complex (Gary Miles, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 9/10).