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TAMPA STADIUM REPORT EXPECTED; LIGHTNING FACE DEADLINES
Published December 13, 1994
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).