After a successful first season and winning the league's
title in their 2nd, the IHL's Atlanta Knights open their season
"on a wave of popularity."  Knights president Richard Adler
expects a 25% increase in season-ticket sales over last year up
to about 4,000.  He's projecting a 10-15% jump in attendance per
game.  Last year, the Knights averaged 8,463, 2nd in the IHL.
But Adler said he's "foregone his original plans to bring an NHL
team here and will stay with the growing IHL."  The IHL is adding
franchises in Houston, Denver, St. Paul, Detroit and Chicago this
year and plans to expand into Europe next year.  "He shrugs about
reports that Ted Turner wants to bring an NHL team here": "I'm
just going to keep on doing my own thing" (Louis Mayeux, ATLANTA
     ARENA PLANS ON HOLD:  The Knights, who last month unveiled
plans to build a new arena, have reconsidered.  Adler said the
team will let its option on a 120-acre site expire and delay a
decision on whether to build a new home.  The Knights, since
unveiling the arena plan September 9, have re-negotiated their
lease with the Omni through '96-97. They are discussing an option
for two more years, or through '98-99.  The Knights decided
"there were too many variables to proceed."  One unknown is
Turner Broadcasting, which owns the Hawks.  TBS has said it will
build a new arena but has not determined whether it will be
downtown or in the Atlanta suburbs (Tim Tucker, ATLANTA
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