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Several Cincinnati City Council members yesterday informally said that they would support a plan to build a Reds ballpark next to the Roebling Suspension Bridge in Cincinnati. Council members said they were also pleased that Reds Owner Marge Schott had informed the Council that she wants the new ballpark to be similar to those recently built in Cleveland, Chicago and Baltimore. Mayor Roxanne Qualls: "It is progress that Mrs. Schott has publicly indicated she wants a new facility." It now appears that in order for Schott to be granted a new ballpark, Tri-State executives must convince Bengals GM Mike Brown to sign a long-term lease at an expanded and refurbished Riverfront Stadium. Brown also has demanded a new stadium, but local leaders have said publicly they are committed to renovating Riverfront for one of the city's professional teams, while building a new structure for the other. Regional leaders said it would take months before a decision on the issue is made (Green & Goldberg, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 11/10).
NBA Commissioner David Stern toured the Gund arena Wednesday, saying the Cavaliers' new home is among several sites being considered to host the '97 All Star game. NBA Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik said the two major considerations for an All-Star site are "the arena and the hotels in the area." Stern, Granik, Cavaliers owner Gordon Gund, Cavaliers GM Wayne Embry and other team and NBA execs toured the arena and attended the Cavaliers opening game. Stern says the new facility has "a special intimacy" and has contributed to Cleveland's downtown "revitalization." The '95 All Star game will be played in Phoenix and the '96 game in Houston (Burt Graeff, Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 11/9). The NBA "Nightly News" featured a piece on Gund Arena and its effect on Cleveland's downtown (NBC, 11/9).