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         A special express train to the Tacoma Dome "rolled closer to
    reality" after a U.S. District Judge approved a distribution
    formula for a $112M settlement in favor of four western states,
    including WA.  $1.5M of the settlement will be used for the
    "Sonic Express" carrying fans between Tacoma and Seattle for
    Sonics games and other events at the Dome (SEATTLE POST-
    INTELLIGENCER, 10/12).
         TASK FORCE UPDATE:  The Seattle Task Force on Stadium
    Alternatives showed the "first sign of contention" in meetings
    debating the necessity of a retractable roof for a new Mariners
    facility.  Mariners VP Paul Isaki said the roof is "necessary for
    a stadium to be successful."  Estimated costs "start at" $230M,
    with a retractable roof adding $35-45M.  Task Force member Chuck
    Collins believes the roof should be paid for by the team since it
    wasn't "part of the basic stadium plan."  The Task Force final
    report is "at least" a month away and Chair Pat Steel says any
    recommendation also will "have to consider the costs" of Kingdome
    renovations (David Schaefer, SEATTLE TIMES, 10/7).
         ROCKETS GLARE AT RED INK:  The city of Tacoma and the WHL
    Tacoma Rockets may be close to a deal that "could result in some
    relief" for the team in terms of its lease with the Tacoma Dome.
    The Rockets have lost sponsorship revenue as a result of the
    SuperSonics coming to the dome in '94-'95.  Rockets President
    Bruce Hamilton has sought help for this season only, and said
    that dome officials are "going to help us recoup" in other areas,
    notably concessions and parking (John Lawrence, Tacoma NEWS
    TRIBUNE, 10/11).

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         Cable TV entrepreneur Christopher Cohan's purchase of the
    Warriors last weekend renewed discussion of a proposed
    entertainment district in San Francisco to include a basketball
    arena and a new Giants ballpark.  Giants Exec VP Larry Baer said
    the plan won't be revealed for six months to a year, since the
    Warriors' participation is "up in the air."  The Giants will
    continue "with or without the Warriors," but Baer said the two
    teams would make a "powerful combination."  Jim Lazurus,
    stadium/arena point man for S.F. Mayor Frank Jordan, will try to
    meet with Cohan this week.  Lazarus said while there's a "good
    chance" the complex will be built without the Warriors, another
    arena makes it "stronger."  The "city within The City" plan also
    calls for music and TV studios and virtual reality exhibits.
    Baer promised as much private financing "as possible" (Stone &
    Tanaka, S.F. EXAMINER, 10/12).
         OAKLAND REBUTTAL:  Oakland officials are rallying to keep
    the Warriors by presenting an arena plan near the Coliseum.
    Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris "said he was certain the team" would
    stay, and Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum President George
    Vukasin plans to meet with Cohan "soon." (Stone & Tanaka, S.F.
    EXAMINER, 10/12).  Oakland's "shaky hold" on its pro sports teams
    is becoming an issue in the mayoral election.  Harris'
    challenger, Ted Dang, said he would "pay close personal
    attention" to the Warrior and the A's, calling the Warriors a
    "thriving business" and a "strong market" for bond financing
    (S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/11).      COHAN SPEAKS:  Chris Cohan said he
    has "absolutely no preconceived ideas" about where a new arena
    should be built.  Cohan added that his "top priority" is building
    a new facility but he still does "not have all the information,
    all the options" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/11).

    Print | Tags: Facilities, Golden State Warriors, Oakland Athletics

         Tigers owner Mike Ilitch said he will personally lobby MI
    lawmakers to help finance a new baseball stadium.  Ilitch: "I'll
    do whatever is required."  Ilitch said his proposal last spring
    for a new stadium failed because it was thrust too suddenly on
    the public.  Ilitch said he was surprised by the "severity" of
    the criticism directed at him during the stadium debate.  He said
    that this time, he will be better prepared: "I'll be ready to
    deal with it like a political issue.  Ilitch has gone outside his
    public relations staffs at the Tigers and Little Caesars Pizza
    and hired the firm Bassett & Bassett to promote the new stadium
    proposal (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 10/12).

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         In a "major turnaround," the Raptors have cancelled their
    plans to build a $100M, 20,500-seat arena at the Toronto site of
    Bay and Dundas streets because the site is too small to hold a
    multi-use arena.  The facility was originally intended for only
    the NBA team, but Raptors Presideent John Bitove said since then,
    "things have happened ... and the economic impact of having a
    hockey team in the building is dramatic."  Bitove said the hockey
    tenant could be the Maple Leafs, but also didn't rule out an IHL
    team.  "A source said Bitove has been approached by the IHL about
    placing a team in his new building" (Christie & MacLeod, Toronto
    GLOBE & MAIL, 10/12).  The announcement set off new speculation
    as to where the Raptors will play on a permanent basis -- and
    with the team hoping to start construction next summer, "there
    isn't much time."  The Raptors are looking at two downtown sites
    and two parcels elsewhere in the Metro area, though Bitove has
    expressed his desire to stay in the city.  The Raptors will open
    at SkyDome in November '95, and plan on moving into their own
    facility for '97-'98 (Jim Byers, TORONTO STAR, 10/12).

    Print | Tags: Facilities, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, NBA, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors

         THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY has compiled information on the
    NFL's stadiums and continues an occasional series of stadium
    profiles today with Giants Stadium.
    STADIUM:         Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
    AGE:             Completed in 1976.
                     Opening game October 10, 1976, Giants v. Dallas.
    CAPACITY:        77,716 for the Jets; 78,136 for the Giants
    LUXURY BOXES:    72 -- Controlled by the New Jersey Sports and
                     Exposition Authority.
    OWNERSHIP:       State of New Jersey
    MANAGEMENT:      New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority
    COST:            $10 million paid for by public bonds.
    ADVERTISING:     Handled by Exposition Authority.  Annual revenue
                     of $7M.  Giants/Jets get undisclosed percentage.
    CONCESSIONS:     Harry M. Stevens.  Authority gets 35%, with
                     undisclosed percentage for Giants/Jets.
    PARKING:         24,500 spots at $6 a car.  Revenue is split
                     50/50 with the Giants -- Jets not available.
    RENT:            Not disclosed for Giants or Jets.
    LEASE:           Giants 2012, Jets 2008 with 10-year option.
    (Sources: Bill Squires/Exposition Authority, Rusty Hawley/Giants)

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         The University of Utah has asked the state to approve a
    $51.8M renovation project of Rice Stadium which would expand its
    capacity from 32,500 to 50,000.  The expansion would also allow
    the "university to host the 2002 Winter Olympics opening and
    closing ceremonies should the Games be awarded to Salt Lake next
    June."  If the Games don't go to UT, capacity would be cut to
    42,000 (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 10/11).

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