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SURVEY RELEASED ON NEW MARINER STADIUM
Published November 16, 1994
The King County Stadium Alternatives Task Force "appears ready to recommend that a new baseball stadium be built for the Mariners using a combination of public and private money," according to this morning's SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER. A "confidential survey" of the task force's 24 members indicates that 88% favor a new stadium, but "less certain" is whether the stadium will include a retractable roof which the Mariners believe is "essential." The task force also released a financial analysis that states a roofed stadium would produce the most revenue, but that the "relatively small difference" from an open- air facility might preclude its estimated $41M additional cost (Angelo Bruscas, SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER, 11/16). KINGDOME COST OVER-RUNS: Members of King County Council Budget and Fiscal Management Committee "wanted some answers" yesterday from acting Kingdome Director Dick Sandaas and his stadium project manager Brian Kasen about the $18.5M cost overrun on stadium repairs. Sandaas cited an inadequate system of predicting material costs and the "unforeseen factor" that 50-60% of the insulation and sealant sprayed on the Kingdome ceiling fell to the floor as reasons. The completion date for the project has been extended to March '95. The Seahawks also submitted a claim yesterday to King County for $2.7M in lost ticket revenue and other costs during the repairs (Foster & Bruscas, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 11/16).