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  • GIMME SHELTER: STADIUM NOTES

         DALLAS: An editorial in the DALLAS MORNING NEWS said the
    "fast actions" by the Dallas City Council "should reaffirm" the
    city's commitment to keeping the Mavs and Stars downtown.  But
    the movement could be "meaningless" if council members "persist
    in leveling threats" at the two franchises (DALLAS MORNING NEWS,
    9/24).
         DETROIT:  The Lions would like to negotiate a new deal to
    continue playing in the Silverdome, "but not under the present
    lease."  The current deal does not give the team a share of
    revenues from concessions, suite rentals, parking and
    advertising.  "From a club's standpoint, the Lions have one of
    the worst leases" in pro sports.  An example of the Lions revenue
    problems is the "woeful" sale of private boxes, as only 45 of the
    stadium's 102 suites are rented for 1994 (Kupelian & O'Hara,
    DETROIT NEWS, 9/25).
         BUT THEY'RE STILL FLYIN' THE LION:  The "Flyin Lion," the
    remote-control mascot of the Detroit Lions will "soar" again in
    the Silverdome.  The mascot was the target of the Pontiac Stadium
    Authority who claimed it "violates their exclusive rights to
    control advertising in the stadium."  The Lion is sponsored by
    the Target department store chain  (Kupelian & O'Hara, DETROIT
    NEWS, 9/25).
         TAMPA:  The city of Tampa "chipped" in $3.4M to buy land for
    the downtown hockey arena as the Lightning were "on the verge" of
    missing a costly deadline.  As a condition of the deal, the
    Lightning are to have construction under way by Saturday, or
    financial documents showing the project had been "secured."  But
    with those conditions still up in the air, city officials will
    try to extend the deadline to December 31.  Lightning Governor
    David LeFevre said work on the project is "imminent" (Ken Koehn,
    TAMPA TRIBUNE, 9/27).
         ATLANTA:  Ailene Voisin states her case to keep the Hawks in
    the city.  "The Hawks simply do not belong in the suburb. ... Get
    the NBA drift?  Suburbs are out. Inner cities are in" (ATLANTA
    CONSTITUTION, 9/27).
         WINNIPEG:  The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is "joining a
    growing list of opponents angered" by the proposed site for a new
    Jets arena.  The Assembly is concerned that the building on the
    site would destroy aboriginal artifacts.  Cam Osler, dir. of
    development with the Manitoba Entertainment Complex said the
    arena would protect any artifacts until they could be recovered
    when the arena is town down in the 21st century (CANADIAN PRESS,
    9/27).
    

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  • IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY MAY NOT COME

         In today's TORONTO STAR, Jim Proudfoot reports that "Unless
    sanity prevails, Toronto will end up with three new arenas by the
    end of the century -- in addition to the SkyDome."  There has
    been discussion on building an arena for the NBA's Raptors, and a
    new venture for the Maple Leafs.  The third building would be
    "the one Michael Cohl and Bill Ballard will erect at Exhibition
    Place, a home for Concert Productions extravaganzas."  According
    to a city's financier, "The only proposition that makes sense
    finds the new basketball team joining forces with Maple Leaf
    Gardens in putting up a building that can accommodate hockey as
    well."  The Raptors will play in the SkyDome until their own
    stadium is completed (9/22).
    

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  • STADIUM NOTES

         The City of New Orleans will play host to the U.S.
    Gymnastics Championships in Aug. '95.  The event will be at the
    Superdome or the Lakefront Arena (Ted Lewis, New Orleans TIMES-
    PICAYUNE, 9/21)...LA Gov. Edwin Edwards will meet next week in an
    effort to finalize a contract extending the Saints stay at the
    Superdome through 2018.  A tentative agreement was reached in
    March, but Edwards said the Superdome's managers were holding up
    the deal by not being "flexible" in accommodating the state and
    the Saints (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 9/21)....Prominent signs
    for Pepsi, Boatman's National Bank and Busch Beer were installed
    on the south facade of St. Louis' new Kiel Center.  The logos are
    part of a "major sponsorship package."  A fourth logo spot is
    open for bids (ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH, 9/22).
    

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  • TAMPA'S MINOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT BEGINS

         Construction will continue this month in Tampa on a publicly
    financed spring training stadium for the Yankees.  Although the
    final price tag on the project has not been set, the Hillsborough
    County Commission repeated that the county will spend no more
    than the $17.22M appropriated for the complex.  Jack Wilson,
    President of the Wilson Co. building the project, said there are
    alterations to the stadium that the Yankees have agreed to fund
    (Kevin Walker, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 9/22)
    

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