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  • COORS TO OPEN MICROBREW HALL NEAR COORS FIELD

         Coors Brewing Co. will unveil a beer hall at Coors Field
    that will make it one of the state's largest bars.  The Coors
    microbrewery will be in competition with most of Denver's micro-
    breweries, which are located within a mile of the new Coors
    Field.  Under the reported lease agreement, the stadium district
    will get 3% of the gross receipts from beer sales at the new pub.
    Robert Eilert, manager at Breckenridge Brewery across the street
    from Coors Field: "If they have 50,000 people in there 82 nights
    a year, we can't hold them all" (Norm Clarke, ROCKY MOUNTAIN
    NEWS, 11/26).
    

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  • DC ARENA BEST PLAN A POLLIN/JOHNSON COMPROMISE?

         In today's WASHINGTON POST, business columnist Rudolph Pyatt
    writes that "the best chance for building what has been termed a
    much-needed stimulus for downtown business and the District's
    economy lies in the creation of some type of partnership" between
    Bullets/Caps Owner Abe Pollin and BET President Robert Johnson.
    Pyatt calls the Pollin deal with the National Capital Development
    Corporation, which calls for the city to issue bonds for
    construction, a "greater risk at a time when city officials are
    desperately struggling to cuts costs and avert financial
    collapse."  If business leaders are sincere in their desire for
    an arena, "perhaps they should bring Pollin and Johnson together
    in an attempt" to reach a compromise (WASHINGTON POST, 11/28).
    

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  • HOLD THE ROOF AT THE BIG 'O

         The proposed $57.2M renovation of the permanent steel roof
    at Olympic Stadium in Montreal will be delayed by nine-12 months.
    Minister of the Olympic Installations Board Rita Dionne-Marsolais
    said the current roof is sufficient until her department can
    complete a "full review of the proposed new roof."  Dionne-
    Marsolis: "We're going to re-evaluate all the technical aspects -
    - and above all the costs."  The roof project was approved by the
    previous Liberal government, but "preliminary work shows that the
    project as it is will go overbudget."  To secure the current roof
    while the studies are done, the OIB will spend close to $6M to
    reinforce it (Andy Riga, MONTREAL GAZETTE, 11/26).
    

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  • KRAFT OFFERS UMASS USE OF STADIUM IN RETURN FOR STATE HELP

         Patriots Owner Robert Kraft met with UMass President Michael
    Hooker and offered free use of his facility at Foxboro to the
    UMass football team.  UMass is trying to upgrade its football
    program to Division 1-A and "one of the hangups" is that its
    facility is far too small to meet NCAA requirements.  Kraft said
    UMass could "use his facility free of charge if the state were to
    compensate with the dollars needed to build better highway
    access, as well as make improvements to the stadium."  Kraft, who
    has called for either a domed stadium as part of a "megaplex"
    complex in downtown Boston or improvements to Foxboro Stadium,
    called the proposal a "win-win situation" since costs to the
    state of building a new stadium are estimated at $100-$150M.  The
    State Highway Department does plan to put "at least" $50M into
    road improvements along Route 1, but probably not until 1998
    (Greenidge & Palmer, BOSTON GLOBE, 11/26).
         MEGAPLEX SETBACK:  The MA Legislature is "considering
    funding further studies of several sites" for a stand-alone
    convention center -- another setback for supporters of a
    convention center/stadium plan (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/27).
    

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