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MARINERS RETRACTABLE ROOF NECESSARY TO LONG-TERM LEASE
Published October 20, 1994
Mariners CEO John Ellis told the editorial board of the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER yesterday that the team will not sign a long-term lease on a new stadium unless a retractable roof is included. The retractable roof adds $20-32M in costs to the $223M project. King County stadium task force officials have "questioned the cost-effectiveness" of the roof since a KPMG Peat Marwick study released last month stated that such a feature "represents the highest cost alternative for a relatively nominal gain in attendance and revenue generating capability." Some members also believe the issue of weather is "irrelevant" since rainouts were sparse last year at the Tacoma Tigers' roofless stadium. Team officials say they want the retractable roof to "guarantee fan comfort." Ellis "rejects the notion" that the team should pay for the roof and "said a more attractive building could double stadium revenues ... without any increase in attendance." Ellis: "We have the potential to be the Northwest team. We need a facility that will make it possible for us as a region to realize that potential." Ellis' reaction if the task force decides not to include a roof on the new stadium: "Don't build it" (Angelo Bruscas, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 10/20).