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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).
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).
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).
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).