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  • BUILDERS CHOSEN FOR NEW TAMPA HOCKEY ARENA

         Tampa Bay Lightning Governor David LeFevre announced IN-
    based Huber, Hunt & Nichols Inc., which built the ThunderDome,
    Chicago's United Center, and Anaheim's Arrowhead Pond has been
    contracted to build the team's new downtown arena by fall '95.
    Architect Ellerbe Becket Inc. said it is likely the Lightning
    will play in the ThunderDome next season since construction will
    run 15-17 months.  But Tampa official Bob Leighton said the team
    has not contacted the city about extending its lease (TAMPA
    TRIBUNE, 9/15).
    

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  • KING COUNTY SWITCHES CONTRACTORS TO REPAIR KINGDOME

         King County officials switched contractors for the Kingdome
    repair project yesterday.  Seattle's Pacific Components Inc. is
    being replaced by MN-based M.A. Mortenson Co., which already
    leads $246.4M in county contracts.  Pacific Components President
    Don Mar was "disappointed" to lose the $32.5M project but said
    his company did not have the "bonding capacity" for a project of
    this size.  Kingdome repair project spokesperson Kathy Bunnell
    Johnson said the general contractor was switched because of a
    "change in the scope of the work and an earlier deadline."  Bids
    were also opened yesterday for the roof resurfacing portion of
    the project and four companies are being considered in the next
    few days (George Foster, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 9/15).
         NCAA PASSES THROUGH:  NCAA men's championship director Bill
    Hancock announced that plans for the Final Four at the Kingdome
    remain on schedule for next April following a tour of the dome
    Tuesday (Bill Knight, POST-INTELLIGENCER, 9/14).
    

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  • PRIMEX SHAREHOLDER GROWLING AT GRIZZLIES NEW OWNERS

         This morning's VANCOUVER SUN reports the Griffiths/ McCaw
    group now owns the C$163M "GM Place," set to open in September
    '95, which will house the group's NBA expansion franchise, the
    Grizzlies.  The Griffiths/McCaw group bought the complex by
    purchasing remaining shares of Northwest Arena Corp for
    C$100/share.  But Primex Investments President Art Rennison is
    resisting the share transfer, as he said he wants "proportionate
    ownership" for his 10% of Northwest Arena Corp.  Rennison is
    accusing Arthur Griffiths of "co-opting the arena and the
    basketball franchise from Northwest shareholders."  Rennison also
    said Primex's lawyers are sending a letter to Northwest's parent
    company, Northwest Sports Enterprises, asking them to recover the
    team and arena.  If the letter fails, Rennison said he will go
    British Columbia Supreme Court to "order them to recover the
    assets."  Griffiths has said he is negotiating with some new
    investors who the NBA has asked him not to identify (David
    Baines, VANCOUVER SUN, 9/15).
    

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  • RED TAPE TAKES HOLD OF D.C. DOWNTOWN ARENA PLANS

         The GAO is "skeptical" of DC's ability to fund $16M in
    preliminary studies for construction of a downtown convention
    center/arena.  House District Committee Chair Pete Stark (D-CA)
    requested two studies, to be released today, which identify no
    problems that prevent the city from eventually moving forward
    with the plans but question the financially-strapped District's
    resources for environmental, engineering and architectural
    studies.  The city's plans depend on Congress changing DC's Home
    Rule Charter to allow specification of tax revenues.  Mayor
    Sharon Pratt Kelly's legal counsel, Claude Bailey, said city
    officials are confident that the plans are "financeable and
    viable."  But Kelly lost her Democratic primary Tuesday and might
    find her proposal "virtually shelved" by Marion Barry or
    Independent Bill Lightfoot (Vise & Henderson, WASHINGTON POST,
    9/15).
         WAITING IN THE WINGS:  BET President Robert Johnson, who is
    assembling a privately funded arena counterproposal, said his
    confidence was "bolstered" by GAO findings and believes "this
    deal ought to be in the private sector."   Johnson will formally
    present his proposal October 15 which will depend on negotiations
    with Bullets and Capitals owner Able Pollin over lease terms
    (WASHINGTON POST, 9/15).
    

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