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         L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan said Wednesday he will fight an
    effort to lure the Raiders to a new 65,000-seat stadium at
    Hollywood Park in Inglewood, CA, and concentrate on improving the
    L.A. Coliseum.  While acknowledging that the possibility of a new
    stadium in L.A. is not likely, Riordan thinks the Coliseum can be
    a competitive venue: "I'm not going to give up on the Coliseum.
    ... With all of the environmental and other problems, it's hard
    to think of another really good site in the City of Los Angeles."
    Riordan said the city could improve the Coliseum site with
    "renovation, the addition of luxury boxes and improved safety in
    Exposition Park."  Riordan brokered the deal to keep the Raiders
    at the Coliseum in 1991, and thinks the Coliseum Commission needs
    to prove to the NFL and Al Davis that the promised upgrades will
    be delivered:  "They have an open mind.  They haven't said no.
    But they effectively keep saying 'show me.'  And we think we can
    show them."  NFL Dir of Communications Greg Aiello said the
    league thinks "their is still a chance the Coliseum can be
    improved," but is still looking at possibilities for a new
    stadium.  Aiello: "We haven't ruled out anything and we'll
    continue to talk to Mayor Riordan on these issues as we continue
    to try to see a new stadium built in Los Angeles or a stadium
    that meets the needs of the teams."  Hollywood Park Inc. board
    member Harry Ornest: "The mayor and other politicians aligned
    with the Coliseum are desperate. ... The whole world knows that
    Raiders attendance is adversely affected because of the
    outmodeled, ill-placed Coliseum" (Mark Katches, L.A. DAILY NEWS,

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         MA Gov. William Weld told reporters yesterday that a
    possible $700M megaplex in Boston with both a convention center
    and sports stadium is "stronger than ever before now that you
    have the possibility of the Patriots and Red Sox playing in the
    same facility being actively discussed" (Richard Kindleberger,
    BOSTON GLOBE, 12/22).  Weld said a convention center should be
    the top priority when the MA Legislature reconvenes in January
    (Phil Primack, BOSTON HERALD, 12/22).  However, Weld said he
    would sacrifice the stadium being a part of that complex if that
    was the only way to reach an agreement on a convention center.
    Weld:  "I am in favor of anything at this point, anything."
    Supporters of the megaplex might have a hard time pushing through
    a stadium as part convention center as both MA House Speaker
    Charles Flaherty and MA House Ways and Means Committee Chair
    Thomas Finneran have opposed spending money on a sports stadium
    (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/22).  Flaherty led the opposition to a failed
    bill last year that proposed a stadium study (Primack, BOSTON
    GLOBE, 12/22).
         SUMMIT?  Weld and Boston Mayor Tom Menino are discussing a
    possible summit between state and local officials in January to
    help get an agreement on the megaplex.  Flaherty supports the
    idea:  "I think it is time to bring all the parties together and
    hash it out" (Richard Kindleberger, BOSTON GLOBE, 12/22).

    Print | Tags: Boston Red Sox, Facilities, New England Patriots

         Fairfax County, VA, residents who discovered that a proposed
    ballpark for a possible MLB expansion team could be in their
    backyards weren't overly enthusiastic.  On Tuesday, county
    officials identified 12 locations where a stadium might be built
    if the area is awarded an expansion team.  The reaction from
    neighbors and even owners of those sites ranged from
    entrepreneurialy optimistic to angry.  Mike Davini, who sits on
    18 acres nearby a proposed site,  would welcome a stadium if
    there is something in it for him: "It would be fine as long as
    they pay us for the inconvenience."  Areas included in the
    proposal include an area adjacent to the large shopping mall
    complex at Tysons's Corner.  County officials want a stadium to
    be near current or planned public transportation lines and will
    try and avoid sites with wetland or pollution problems.  The
    county is expected to narrow the search to two or three sites
    within a month (Bates & Lipton, WASHINGTON POST, 12/22).  VA
    resident groups have successfully opposed other major
    developments in the past, including a new Redskins stadium in
    Alexandria and Disney's America theme-park in Haymarket.

    Print | Tags: Facilities, MLB, Walt Disney, Washington Redskins

         The area around Yankee Stadium was included as part of one
    of six "empowerment zones" across the country that will receive a
    $100M federal development grant for neighborhood improvement.
    Officials hope the grant, along with tax breaks, will lure
    business to the area and create economic development.  Both the
    city and state have agreed to match the funding (Christopher
    Policiano, N.Y. POST, 12/22).

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