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Bears President Mike McCaskey on Sunday voiced his displeasure with the Soldier Field turf and accused the Chicago Park District of violating the Bears' lease. On Saturday, Jackson State played Alabama State at Soldier Field in a downpour. Following the game, the field was torn up and needed to be resodded. According to the terms of the Bears' lease, no event can take place at Soldier Field less than 24 hours before a Bears game. McCaskey: "We just wish the Park District would live up to its word" (Terry Armour, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/10). The Park District's Director of Lakefront Services Bridget Reidy argued that Sunday's field was "dry, playable and very level." Reidy said that the new resodding should begin later this week and the anticipated $20-30,000 cost will be billed to promoters of Saturday's game (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/11).
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue reiterated Sunday that the league hopes to develop a plan that would finance a new stadium in Los Angeles. But L.A. politicians over the past week have responded "negatively' to the league's proposal (Will McDonough, BOSTON GLOBE, 10/10). Tagliabue maintained the idea has been discussed for the past "three or four" months and was initiated by L.A. city and county officials "who were very open to this kind of idea." But L.A. County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke said Sunday "she doesn't believe that a new stadium would be in anyone's best interest" (AP/ST.LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 10/11). EAST COAST, TOO? Even if the L.A. plan is successful, Tagliabue said the NFL has no plans to back a similar facility for the Jets, tenants at Giants Stadium. Tagliabue: "I know it's frustrating for (Jets owner) Leon Hess to get something done in the city of New York. The city has tremendous demands on it. But Giants Stadium is a great facility" (Greg Logan, N.Y. NEWSDAY, 10/10). FOXBORO, ONE YEAR LATER: Tagliabue also commented on conditions at Foxboro Stadium, supporting an "improvement package, with a public-private partnership that can address those needs." Areas for improvement include stadium access, restrooms and concession facilities. Tagliabue suggested stadium improvements could help "get [the team] in the Monday night package" (Jim Greenidge, BOSTON GLOBE, 10/10).