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CINCINNATI COUNCIL REJECTS RIVERFRONT RENOVATION
Published October 26, 1994
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).