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         WINNIPEG:  Officials of the Manitoba Entertainment Complex,
    the group seeking to build a new arena in Winnipeg, will attempt
    today to persuade Winnipeg hockey fans to purchase seats in the
    new building.  MEC needs commitments for 1,500 club seats and 40
    luxury suites by the end of November in order to keep the project
    on course for a construction start next summer.  Privileges for
    suite-holders will be extensive.  For $55,000 to $85,000
    annually, and the one-time $40,000 builders fee, a suite-holder
    will enjoy the use of a separate club concourse, private
    restaurant, special parking, all-day, all-event availability and
    concierge service.  It will cost club-seat holders between $2,000
    and $5,000 for the one-time builder's fee and the per-year
    premium is between $800 and $1,000, depending on location.
    Hockey tickets for the Jets will be extra, but the club seat also
    guarantees the availability of a chair for every arena event for
    which the seat owner wishes to purchase tickets (Don Campbell,
         CALGARY:  The Flames are offering 1,500 fans with the
    opportunity to purchase club seats in the renovated Olympic
    Saddledome.  By purchasing a club seat, an individual will be
    provided the privilege of obtaining tickets to any event at the
    Saddledome.  The privilege won't affect shows until the arena
    reopens after extensive renovations in mid-October, 1995.  While
    the official price for a club seat has yet to be released, Flames
    Seating Director Bob White said that the seats would cost between
    $2,925 and $3,375 for the 45-game season (Alison Mayes, CALGARY
    HERALD, 10/21).
         EDMONTON:  Edmonton Eskimos GM Hugh Campbell said that the
    team may be forced to shut down their operation if they can't get
    more money out of Commonwealth Stadium.  Campbell said after four
    straight money-losing seasons, the team will fold without new
    revenue sources.  City Council decides tomorrow whether to
    further pursue the ideal of an Eskimo-operated stadium (Mike
    Sadava, EDMONTON JOURNAL, 10/22).

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         SMU AD Bill Lively said that the university has made
    significant progress toward finding a new football stadium for
    1995.  The university is committed to moving to either the Cotton
    Bowl in Dallas or Texas Stadium in Irving (FORT WORTH STAR-
    TELEGRAM, 10/21)....San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan has promised
    to spend $26M on improvements at Candlestick Park if NFL owners
    vote to play the Super Bowl there in 1999.  Jim Lazerus, director
    of special projects for the mayor, said that the mayor is
    considering renaming the stadium with a sponsor's name (S.F.
    CHRONICLE, 10/21)....The Hussey Seating Co. has begun the
    installation of 50,000 seats in the new Coors Stadium (ROCKY
    MOUNTAIN NEWS, 10/22)....A $2.5M conversion to condominiums of a
    office building is planned for a site near the north side of the
    new Gund Arena (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 10/23).

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         The TX Comptroller's office is reviewing whether contractors
    for The Ballpark at Arlington owe sales taxes on construction
    materials used to build the stadium.  The tax, which would have
    to be paid by the Arlington Sports Facilities Development
    Authority and could amount to "several million dollars," is in
    question because of a conflict between two pieces of legislation
    on the tax-exempt status."  TX tax law does not allow tax
    exemptions when a government entity, in this case the "quasi-
    public" sports authority, leases or sells a project to private
    interests such as the Rangers.  But a law passed in '91 "may have
    overridden the language in the tax code," according to Greg
    Hartman, a spokesperson for Comptroller John Sharp (Wayne Slater,
    DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/21).  The '91 amendment was "passed
    specifically for" the Ballpark project but does not "specifically
    address" a sales tax.  The sports authority says it does not have
    the money to pay the taxes if the comptroller decides they are
    necessary.  The law does not allow the sports authority's debt to
    exceed the $135M taxpayer contribution.  The Rangers must pay
    "any obligations beyond" this amount (Ken Dilanian, FORT WORTH
    STAR TELEGRAM, 10/21).  The tax has become an issue in the
    Governor's race between Rangers Partner George W. Bush and Ann
    Richards (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/22).

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