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The Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections stopped all plumbing work on the $217M Corestates Arena . because various contractors had failed to get permits before starting work. Spectacor VP Jim Cima said the 21,000 seat arena was on schedule and would "not suffer" from the L&I action. It is "unclear how long the plumbing work will be idled" (Mark McDonald, PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 11/22).
Today, we continue our series on the infrastructure of the NFL with a look at Jack Murphy Stadium, home of the AFC West leading San Diego Chargers.
STADIUM: Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, CA AGE: Built in 1967. CAPACITY: Capacity 63,000. OWNERSHIP: Owned by the City of San Diego. LUXURY SEATS: 71 luxury boxes -- team gets roughly 30% of revenue, Padres receive the balance. COST: Cost of $27M paid for by city bonds. $3M debt to be paid off by 2003. CONCESSIONS: Concessioneer Service America gets 40%; Padres get 30%; Chargers 20%; city gets the remaining 10%. PARKING: 19,300 spots, $5 football -- Chargers get 33% of revenue, and the city gets 67%. ADVERTISING: Chargers get 25% of revenue, city 10%, Padres 65% RENT: $1.25 million, 13th highest in league. LEASE: Lease expires in 2000.
(Source: Bill Wilson/Jack Murphy Stadium; rent and luxury seating figure from Florida Times-Union article on July 24, 1994).
The Lewisville, TX, City Council voted unanimously on Monday to ask residents for permission to build and pay for an arena that could become the home to the Stars and Mavericks. The proposal, to go before voters January 21, 1995, seeks permission to raise Lewisville's sales tax by a half-cent to pay for the arena, which would be built on land purchased last week by Mavs owner Donald Carter. Lewisville City Manager Chuck Owens said the city will drop all arena plans if voters turn down the sales- tax increase. The referendum would be the first election battle in the five-city contest to build a replacement for Reunion Arena. Arlington, Irving and Grand Prairie also have said that they are interested in luring the Mavs and Stars from downtown Dallas. Last week, the Dallas City Council unveiled a plan last week to build a $142M arena southeast of Reunion. Dallas officials are yet to outline how they would pay for the project (Kim North, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 11/22).