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PACKERS WON'T RENEW LEASE AT COUNTY STADIUM

     Packers President Bob Harlan said the team won't renew its
lease at Milwaukee County Stadium, where the team has played part
of its football schedule since 1932.  The team will play a full
schedule at Lambeau Field and "take full advantage" of the luxury
boxes and financial stability of their own facility.  County
Stadium lacks luxury skybox seating, and Harlan said the Packers
have lost $15M playing in Milwaukee since 1985 and "would lose
another $12M in the next four years."  The 46,000 season-ticket
holders at County Stadium will be offered season-ticket packages
at Lambeau Field that will include an exhibition game and two
regular season games.  Harlan: "We are abandoning our ballpark,
but we are not abandoning our fans."  Brewers Owner Bud Selig
said the Packers' move will help both clubs in the long run, as a
baseball-only park in Milwaukee will reduce the cost of a new
facility (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/13).
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