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PITTSBURGH'S NEXT TASK: BUILD A NEW STADIUM FOR BUCS
Published December 14, 1994
PA Gov.-elect Tom Ridge (R) and Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy said Monday they are willing to talk about financing a new park for the Pirates as soon as MLB approves a new team owner. Adelphia Communications Chair John Rigas, the city's "preferred buyer" said he expected to receive MLB's preliminary approval this week and is "optimistic" he can have a sales agreement with the Pirates' current owners by January 29. The city has until that date to find a buyer willing to keep the Pirates in Pittsburgh and to assume more than $100M in debts and obligations. Both Murphy and Ridge agreed that building a traditional-style ballpark "was necessary to turn around the money-losing franchise." Murphy envisions an entertainment complex aimed at tourists, but Ridge said not to expect the state to pay for the whole project (Steve Halvonik, PITTSBURGH POST- GAZETTE, 12/13).