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ORLANDO EXPANSION GROUP RECEIVES NICE PRESENT BEFORE BID
Published December 14, 1994
When Orlando makes its presentation to MLB's expansion committee on Wednesday in Chicago, it will carry with them funding for a $150M outdoor facility. The Orange County Commission voted 6-1 in favor of adding one cent to the resort tax on February 1. They then voted 7-0 to commit $8.1M of that money each year to building a $150M -- 45,000 seat stadium (Mark Topkin, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 12/14). Commission Chair Linda Chapin: "We're going to Chicago with a great, great package to sell Orlando to Major League Baseball, and we're going to bring home a team" (Bill Fay, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/14). Construction of the stadium is contingent on being awarded a team. If an interim facility is needed, Orlando officials plan to renovate the Citrus Bowl (Topkin, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 12/14).