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         Bloomington, MN's Metropolitan Sports Center, longtime home
    to the former-Minnesota North Stars, was scheduled for demolition
    this morning.  The building was built in 1967  for the NHL's
    North Stars inaugural year in the Twin Cities, but was "doomed"
    after the North Stars 1993 move to Dallas and the construction of
    the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.  The land around the
    building, adjacent to the Mall of America, will be used for
    parking in the short term, but there is speculation the site
    could someday be used for another "shopping complex or a massive
    hotel" (Jerry Zgoda, Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 12/12).

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         Sports facility architects, HOK Inc., should submit its
    reports on possible renovations to Tampa Stadium by the end of
    the week.  Tampa Sports Authority Director Rick Nafe said the
    report won't include cost estimates for "each of six renovation
    options designed to add 40 luxury boxes and up to 10,000 club
    seats in the stadium."  The Authority is limited in what it can
    pay HOK, and the firm says they were unable to produce actual
    cost estimates without charging more (Nick Pugliese, TAMPA
    TRIBUNE, 12/13).
              LIGHTNING FACE "WATERHSED WEEK":  Lightning officials
    "are scurrying to get financing in place so the team doesn't miss
    opening the 1996 hockey season in its new home," according to a
    report in this morning's TAMPA TRIBUNE.  The team "should get
    some help" on Thursday when Tampa City Council members vote on
    whether to extend for the second time a deadline to secure
    financing for the $120M project.  The original deadline was
    pushed back to December 31.  Council members will decide wheter
    to extend it further to April 30.  Lightning attorney Stephen
    Pankau:  "This should be a watershed week.  We expect to hear
    from bond insurers and private lenders" (Ken Koehn, TAMPA
    TRIBUNE, 12/13).

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