SBD/21/Facilities Venues


     The IHL Atlanta Knights, after "abandoning plans to
construct their own Alpharetta arena," will "react to whatever
decision is reached by the Hawks on a new playing facility."  The
Knights let their option lapse on land in Alpharetta after having
"misgivings about the viability of a costly NHL franchise,
ballooning construction costs and uncertainly of securing a
second tenant."  With that, Knights president Richard Adler
"forfeited his right to block Turner Broadcasting or anyone else
from importing an NHL team."  The Knights are currently
negotiating a two-year lease extension to keep them in the Omni
through '99.  Hawks Exec VP Lee Douglas said they haven't
addressed what form hockey will play in a new facility.  Douglas:
"We certainly envision hockey being a part of it, whether it's
the IHL, NHL or what" (Joe Strauss, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/20).
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