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RAISING ARIZONA FOR A DOMED STADIUM FOR BILL BIDWILL?

     In its Friday editions, the Business Journal of Phoenix
reported that Cardinals Owner Bill Bidwill "was not pleased with
his current stadium and that he wants" a new dome  built that
measures up to NFL standards.  Bidwill: "Sun Devil Stadium is a
very good college football stadium.  It has great view sights.
But as these new buildings come on line, it isn't up to the
standards people expect."  Cardinals Sec./Counsel Thomas Guilfoil
noted that Bidwill was promised a new stadium when he moved to
Phoenix and did not rule out a possible move: "If the Rams and
the Raiders move, there will be an opening in the biggest market
in the country.  I guess it won't stay open for long."  A
proposed MLB expansion team in Phoenix is expected to move into a
planned $278M downtown domed stadium.  Legislation for that
stadium includes a provision that "specifically excludes
football."  The Cardinals have a 10-year lease at Sun Devil
Stadium (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 11/19).
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