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         Raptors officials are altering designs for the new stadium
    to include 1,000 more seats for basketball and make room for the
    possible acquisition of the Maple Leafs.  Raptors stadium project
    director Jay Cross called it "a streamlined design."  Maple Leaf
    Gardens is considered too small for NBA basketball and Raptors VP
    Tom Mayenknecht noted "the asset is the hockey team, not
    necessarily the building."  Also, an industry source has
    indicated the Raptors have a deadline at the end of this month to
    resolve negotiations with the proposed stadium site's new owners.
    Mayenknecht's response:  "We're interested in proceeding with the
    task at hand.  We're preparing for construction next summer"
    (Craig Daniels, TORONTO SUN, 9/13).

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         K.C.-based stadium architecture firm, HOK Sport, unveiled
    its Riverfront Stadium renovation study yesterday.  One option
    reconfigures the baseball field to place home plate in the
    outfield, build "unsymmetrical" outfield walls, 40 luxury boxes,
    and possibly shrink the stadium capacity from 55,000 to 45,000 in
    order to offer "made-for-TV panoramic views" of the city skyline,
    a picnic section, permanent dugouts, and a stadium club that
    resembles the one at Cleveland's Jacobs Field.  HOK's football
    plan suggests lowering the field and adding more seats, including
    23 enclosed luxury suites and 2,500 clubs seats available for a
    $1,500 "down payment."  Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls said the
    two plans can be chosen according to the "concept which is more
    financially acceptable to the teams."  The study was paid for by
    Reds CEO and owner Marge Schott and her advisers, attorney Stan
    Chesley and Turfway Park owner Jerry Carroll (Richard Green,
         THEIR NEW KENTUCKY HOME?  In a related column, Mark Purdy
    calls the study an important time- and money-saving piece for the
    city's stadium task force even if, as Stan Chesley said at
    yesterday's presentation, none of the individuals involved are
    "in the position to buy the stadium."  Purdy suggests the city
    decide "as regional public policy" that Riverfront will be
    remodeled for either the Reds or Bengals and a new stadium will
    be built for the team not chosen.  Purdy notes a cheaper option
    is to build a new stadium in KY near Turfway Park for the team
    moving out of Riverfront (Mark Purdy, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 9/13).

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