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  • KINGDOME OPENS TO MIXED REVIEWS

         The "re-opening of the Kingdome went off without a hitch,"
    but some fans wished more had been done during the $40M repair
    job on the facility.  Seahawk fan Doug Hostetter: "I'm not
    complaining, but for that much money, you'd think it would look a
    lot better.  It looks the same to me."  The only "visible
    difference was a beige ceiling that replaced the old-grayish
    white one."  Some fans wore hard hats to mark the event.  Brian
    Kasen, construction manager: "It's nice to see people back in the
    seats after a very intense effort" (Jim Street, SEATTLE POST-
    INTELLIEGNCER, 11/7).
    

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  • NEW REDSKINS STADIUM SITE ON HOLD UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTIONS

         The Redskins' stadium plans are in a "holding pattern." The
    team can't go forward with their plans in Anne Arundel County,
    MD, without reversing the county's previous decision on appeal,
    and they have been "unable to make much headway on alternative
    sites because many of the political leaders who must smooth the
    way are immersed in elections."  But after Tuesday's elections,
    Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cook "could preside over a new
    competition for his favor."  Cooke's first choice is Laurel, MD,
    but that hasn't prevented developers and leaders in MD, VA, and
    DC from pushing other sites.  The Redskins appeal in Laurel is
    unlikely to be heard until January, but both sides are "trying to
    influence the elections."  Orioles Owner Peter Angelos, who
    opposes a stadium in Laurel, has given a $15,000 loan at 6.6%
    interest to Anne Arundel County Exec candidate Theodore
    Sophocleus, who opposes public funding for the stadium.
    Redskins zoning attorney Harry Blumenthal and his law practice
    donated $1,000 to Sophocleus (Dan Beyers, WASHINGTON POST, 11/7).
    

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  • WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS AT THE ALAMODOME

         The Spurs' season-opener "turned wet and wild when a high
    pressure water cannon in the Alamodome erupted during the indoor
    fireworks show, unleashing a torrent that soaked hundreds of fans
    and delayed the game by 50 minutes."  Red Cross officials
    reported treating 31 fans who were injured during the accident.
    Mike Abington, Director of the Alamodome, "blamed the
    pyrotechnics for the disaster" that lasted about 4 minutes.  "The
    cannon gushed about 2,500 to 2,900 gallons per minute," drenching
    some of the lower sections.  Abington said the fireworks should
    not have set off the cannon, as Spurs officials met with fire
    personnel earlier in the day and "arranged to cap the smoke and
    fire detectors in the roof."  Most of the fans decided to stay
    for the game, with only about 150 people asking for ticket
    refunds (SAN ANTONIO NEWS EXPRESS, 11/7).  CNN's Fred Hickman
    said Friday's MCI Proof Positive Play of the Day goes to the
    Spurs' "Marketing and Promotions guy down in San Antonio, who is
    sitting in a room tonight trying to think up an explanation to
    give his boss as to why those indoor fireworks" were necessary
    ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 11/4).
    

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  • WINNIPEG ARENA GROUP SOLICITS DESIGN AND BUDGET

         The Manitoba Entertainment Complex (MEC) has hired Dominion
    Hunt as construction manager of a proposed new arena in Winnipeg.
    The site is yet unchosen, but MEC spokesperson Cam Osler says the
    timeline for the building is "so tight" that the design needs to
    be ready if the project is approved.  Dominion Hunt will "oversee
    the design, budget and tendering of the building," including a
    preliminary design and budget by mid-December.  Osler wouldn't
    reveal the amount of the Dominion Hunt contract but said that it
    is  "broken down into stages."  The contract is being paid with
    MEC-raised funds, rather than the $1.5M which the city recently
    guaranteed for the arena (Kim Guttormson, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS,
    11/5).
    

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