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         Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones and officials of Irving, TX, are
    discussing a plan to expand Texas Stadium by the year 2000.  The
    plan would increase capacity to a league-high 104,000 seats, add
    air-conditioning, a grass field, and a retractable "clam shell"
    roof.  Jones said the project would cost $130M to $140M and would
    make Texas Stadium attractive for Super Bowls and college bowl
    games.  Irving Mayor Bobby Joe Raper said the the idea is "more
    than just talk.  It's starting to pick up some momentum."  Raper
    said there are no details on how the project would be paid for,
    but he did say part of the money could come from "hotel-motel
    taxes and franchise fees that the city collects from the
    stadium."  Irving City Council member Morris Parrish "believes
    the idea will be tough to sell to taxpayers, many of whom already
    have concerns about the city's efforts to lure" the Mavericks and
    the North Stars.  Jones paid $140M for the Cowboys and the
    Stadium in 1989 (Cowlishaw & Lunsford, DALLAS MORNING NEWS,
    10/24).  CNBC's Sue Herera said the expansion would make Texas
    Stadium "the largest stadium in the U.S., and the only NFL
    stadium with over 100,000 seats" ("Market Wrap," 10/24).

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         At the kickoff of the their marketing blitz for a proposed
    new arena in Winnipeg, the Manitoba Entertainment Complex (MEC)
    announced it had sold 34 luxury boxes and 400 club seats on its
    first day of business.  Writes Ed Willes, "That means it took its
    first bold step toward the construction of a new arena in
    Winnipeg.  That means we might actually have an NHL team to call
    our own."  MEC's goal for the end of November was 40 luxury
    suites and 1,000-1,500 club seats.  They are 3/4 of the way there
    on luxury suites.  Also at the kickoff, Winnipeg Mayor Susan
    Thompson said she was behind committing city tax dollars to the
    project.  Thompson: "As far as my position, I think some tax
    money in an entertainment complex is a good investment for our
    city."  Last night, the MEC "basically put the shovel in the
    ground for the new arena" (WINNIPEG SUN, 10/25).

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         There has been much discussion in Boston over the past year
    about a new facility for the Patriots.  A year ago, Paul
    Tagliabue declared Foxboro Stadium was unsuitable as a long-term
    home for the team.  However Robert Kraft, owner of the team and
    Foxboro Stadium, is now enjoying a profitable situation in New
    England.  Earlier this month, Tagliabue said the league could
    work to make the stadium a viable facilty and noted the
    importance of keeping a team in the New England region.  Today,
    THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY continues its stadium profiles with
    Foxboro Stadium.
    Foxboro Stadium, Foxboro, MA
    AGE: Completed in 1971
    CAPACITY: 61,000
    LUXURY BOXES: 42 boxes, 2 Superboxes. Seating Capacity: 666
    Team gets undisclosed % of revenue.
    OWNERSHIP: Stadium and team owned by Robert Kraft
    MANAGEMENT: Foxboro Associates, Inc.
    PARKING: 10,000 parking spots at $10 a car.
    LEASE/RENT: No lease or rent. Kraft owns both outright.
    ADVERTISING: rights. Team gets undisclosed percentage of revenue.
    CONCESSIONS: In-house.
    RENOVATION: Grass field put down in '92. Team plans to add more luxury suites.
    PUBLIC $: None
    (Sources: Dan Murphy/Foxboro Associates, Don Lowery/Patriots PR)

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