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REPORT ON NEW DALLAS ARENA COMES UP SHORT ON LUXURY SUITES
Published October 19, 1994
Dallas community leaders yesterday were given a report which recommends that Reunion Arena be demolished upon completion of a new, state-of-the-art facility. The report, commissioned by the Dallas City Council, further recommends that a new arena have only 60 luxury suites, down from earlier proposals of 144 suites. The total cost of the 22,000-seat arena is estimated at $170M -- down from earlier estimates of $187M. The 46-page report does not make recommendations on how to finance the new arena, but several Dallas council members said they hope that the city will pay only a third -- and certainly no more than half. Stars President Jim Lites said that a arena with only 60 luxury suites would be a "mistake": "Luxury suites are an important part of the deal. There's no arena being built anywhere with two teams that has less than 100 boxes. They'd be ill-advised to build less." The report was prepared by a team of consultants, including Ellerbe Becker and Austin-Turner Arena Group, a venture of Austin Commercial and Turner Construction (Sylvia Martinez, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/19).