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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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