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A group of Washington, DC, residents said that they oppose any efforts by Jack Kent Cooke to revive plans to build a new stadium for the Redskins near RFK Stadium. Cooke had intended to build a stadium in nearby Laurel MD, but last Wednesday a county officer denied Cooke's plan citing concern over increased traffic and limited parking. Concerned Citizens of Kingman Park Chair Veronica Raglin said that a new stadium in DC would have a "devastating impact on the neighborhood environmentally." Among the environmental problems cited by stadium opponents are dangerous levels of asbestos in the framework of RFK, serious levels of possibly toxic lead in the soil around the stadium site, car exhaust and noise (Matt Neufeld, WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/17).
The decision to move the Orange Bowl football game to Joe Robbie Stadium after 1996 has many debating the future of the Orange Bowl stadium. One possibility that is gaining support is demolition. But others have proposed renovating the stadium to keep the University of Miami as a tenant and to attract another bowl game. Estimates of a major new overhaul -- including more than 10,000 new seats, 40 luxury suites, a new press box and security fencing -- run as high as $30M. Other possibilities under consideration: turn the Orange Bowl into an open casino in th event FL voters approve statewide gambling; or host a seasonal basketball tournament, a national auto show, a circus and other big-draw events (Joanne Cavanaugh, MIAMI HERALD, 10/14).
The Raptors are attempting to swing a deal to purchase six acres near the Toronto waterfront where the team hopes to build a proposed 22,500-seat arena. Several sources close to the team have confirmed that there have been negotiations with Canada Post Corp. and Marathon Realty, the owners of the six-acre lot, about acquiring the site. The site has recently been appraised by an independent firm as worth about $20M. But a concern of the Raptors is that the land is contaminated and will have to be cleaned before anything is built. Potential clean-up costs are estimated at $12M (Robert MacLeod, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/15).
Many reports over the weekend note the Packers' decision not to play in Milwaukee "follows a decade of talks about a new stadium" in Milwaukee. Brewers owner Bud Selig said he will now concentrate on trying to create financing for a baseball-only stadium, saving about $20-25M off the cost of a multi-purpose facility (Mult., 10/16)....L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich has introduced a motion barring the county from spending any funds on the construction of a stadium proposed by NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Antonovich: "The taxpayers have just spent $60 million this year to repair and renovate the Coliseum to keep it as the home of the Raiders and USC and make it an appropriate site for a Super Bowl" (Mult., 10/16).