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  • ANAHEIM, AS A CITY, IS ON THE BRINK AS A SPORTS MECCA

         "Just as Disneyland, the Convention Center and Anaheim
    Stadium transformed the city's image a generation ago, Anaheim's
    destiny may forever be shaped over the next few months by an
    assortment of crucial decision and fanciful projects."  Will
    Disney build its "massive resort"?  Will the Rams "skip town?"
    And most importantly:  "How can the city maintain its coveted
    reputation as a tourism and professional sports mecca?"  City
    officials are studying whether to build a "lavish sports complex
    that would convert the Big A to a football-only stadium, include
    a new ballpark for the Angels, add restaurants, stores and a
    virtual-reality entertainment center and connect them around a
    park-like setting."  There are also plans to link the Disneyland
    area to the proposed sports complex.  In fact, Disney officials,
    happy with the success of the Ducks, "haven't closed the door on
    participating in the sports complex."  Most city officials
    believe that even if the Rams leave, they would be able to
    attract another NFL team.   Among other options the city is
    considering:  Handing the management and operations of the
    Convention Center to a private operator; Creating a sports
    authority to oversee the Pond and stadiums (Lait & Woodyard, L.A.
    TIMES, 11/28).
    

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