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The plan to renovate Yankee Stadium may "crystallize as early as this week with the expected release of a design for the ballpark." Officials say the new look will "incorporate old- fashioned touches reminiscent of the original stadium." Architects HOK of Kansas City gave their report to the city last week, and city leaders will present it to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Governor-elect George Pataki first, and then the Yankees. Estimates for the renovation have started at $250 million (Richard Sandomir, N.Y. TIMES, 12/4).
Reds CEO Marge Schott denied reports that she wants to build a new ballpark in Northern KY, but she "still considers abandoning Riverfront Stadium and crossing the Ohio River an option" (Green & Young, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 12/3). Schott's statement was part of a busy weekend, as City Manager John Shirey called for a summit with Bengals Owner Mike Brown and Schott to end "intensifying debate over where the Reds and Bengals should play in the future." But Reds GM Jim Bowden, speaking for Schott, canceled the meeting and threatened a legal battle to terminate the team's lease unless the city increases its efforts to build a baseball-only facility. Some members of the City Council took Bowden's remarks seriously enough to say they will "urge" Shirey to make a deal with Schott (Haft & Green, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 12/4)