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TAMPA AUTHORITY HIRES HOK FOR COST STUDY ON RENOVATIONS
Published November 29, 1994
The Tampa Sports Authority (TSA) has hired the HOK architectural firm to conduct a three-week study on potential costs and options to renovate Tampa Stadium. Since the study will cost less than $10,000, the contract did not have to go through the normal bid procedures. But "it is an indication of how quickly answers are needed" for local investors interested in pursuing the team. TSA Exec Dir Rick Nafe said they must find out "what is realistic" about seating and renovations, saying that he believed about 2,500 club level seats are needed to generate extra revenue. Tampa investor Tommy Shannon, along with Outback Steakhouse founder Chris Sullivan and Bob Basham, said they "need more hard information on what type of revenue is possible from Tampa Stadium" before making an offer for the team. Shannon: "We don't know what we can do yet because we don't know the best deal Tampa Stadium can put on the table" (Joe Henderson, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 11/29). USA TODAY's Gordon Forbes writes, "I can't shake the feeling that George Steinbrenner will end up owning the Bucs, triggering another volatile NFL dispute about cross ownership" (USA TODAY, 11/29). ALL IN THE FAMILY: In Houston, John McClain comments on the turmoil in the Culverhouse family. "Behind-the-scenes squabbling is getting more attention than the sale, and greed is the root of the problem" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/27)