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  • CINCINNATI COUNCIL REJECTS RIVERFRONT RENOVATION

         Cincinnati City Manager John Shirey said that a $16M plan to
    upgrade Riverfront Stadium should be rejected and the city should
    concentrate on whether to build either a new Reds ballpark or a
    new Bengals stadium.  Shirey said that the team that does not get
    a new stadium would have to accept a major renovation at the 24-
    year-old Riverfront.  The proposal to upgrade Riverfront by adding
    luxury boxes and a stadium club is opposed by Reds owner Marge
    Schott.  Schott has refused to agree to an upgrade plan because of
    concerns that construction would take place in the area where many
    Reds season-ticket holders now sit.  Cincinnati Business Committee
    Chair James Zimmerman said while his organization is prepared to
    commit millions to a new sports complex, his group will not aid in
    renovation: "There's no interest in a short-term fix" (Richard
    Green, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 10/26).
    

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  • CONCESSIONS CORPORATION FILES SUIT AGAINST CITY OF SEATTLE

         Service America, which supplies concessions at the Seattle
    Coliseum during Sonics games, yesterday filed a federal civil suit
    asking for at least $1M in damages from the city because of the
    remodeling project that forces the team to play elsewhere this
    season.  The suit claims that as a result of the remodeling
    project, Service America will experience a negative cash flow.
    The Sonics plan to play their home games in the Tacoma Dome this
    season (Angelo Bruscas, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 10/26).
    

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  • GIMME SHELTER: STADIUM NOTES

         The UConn Senate voted 29-21 to reject a proposal to upgrade
    the school's football program to Division 1-A.  Recently, there
    has been speculation that if the football program makes the
    upgrade, the state would build a stadium in Hartford (HARTFORD
    COURANT, 10/26)....Cleveland officials said that the city might
    take a "financial hit" because fewer people than expected are
    parking at the new city-financed Gateway garages.  The officials
    said that the baseball strike has affected the parking (CLEVELAND
    PLAIN DEALER, 10/25). ....When asked by the DETROIT NEWS if they
    would support public funding of a new Tiger Stadium, incumbent
    Governor John Engler (R-MI) and challenger Howard Wolpe (D) both
    said while they don't necessarily support the use of public
    dollars to build a stadium, they do believe the state could assist
    with infrastructure development -- such as building roads and
    acquiring land (DETROIT NEWS, 10/25).
    

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  • IF JONES RENOVATES IT, THE SUPER BOWL MAY COME

         Cowboys owner Jerry Jones yesterday said that he is prepared
    to make an unspecified financial investment to support a proposed
    Texas Stadium expansion and is confident the improvements would
    lead the NFL to play a Super Bowl there.  Jones said that stadium
    expansion would cost approximately $140M to expand the stadium to
    104,000 seats and add air conditioning, a grass field and a
    retractable roof.  NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said that the
    league is "receptive" to the possible stadium renovations and
    added that the modifications would make Texas Stadium a "strong
    candidate" for a Super Bowl.  Jones: "I am very confident Paul
    would do everything he could to influence putting a Super Bowl
    here" (Ed Werder, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/26).
         WHERE'S THE MONEY:  Irving city officials said that Jones'
    proposed plan not only includes more seats and a closable roof but
    also a neighboring Cowboys hall of fame and an NFL theme park.
    City officials said that the additional improvements would raise
    the price tag of the project to about $200M.  Council Member Harry
    Joe questioned whether the city could finance the plan and still
    contribute to a new arena for the Mavericks and Stars:  "With $140
    million estimated for the arena, and now $200 million for Texas
    Stadium, is the mayor proposing that the city pay for a $340
    million sports district?"  Despite that and other objections,
    Irving Mayor Bobby Joe Raper maintained that the city council will
    approve the project:  "After their questions are answered, I'm
    sure there will be unanimous support" (Karen Michel, DALLAS
    MORNING NEWS, 10/25).  Jones said that public funds would be
    necessary: "I won't build this myself without help from the city"
    (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/26).
    

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  • LOS ANGELES MAYOR READY TO "EXPLORE OPTIONS" OF NFL STADIUM

         L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan and City Council President John
    Ferraro have told NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue they are ready
    to "jointly explore options" on providing a stadium as a permanent
    home for the Super Bowl and NFL theme park.  Deputy Mayor Robin
    Kramer maintained, however, that the mayor's office is primarily
    concerned with renovating the Coliseum: "The mayor unambiguously
    feels the Coliseum is the crown jewel of sports."  Kramer said
    Riordan is considering Tagliabue's proposal to "leave the door
    open to the NFL's interest in our city" (Kenneth Reich, L.A.
    TIMES, 10/26).
    

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