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GIMME SHELTER: STADIUM NOTES
Published September 27, 1994
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).