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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).

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         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).

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         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).

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