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  • STATE OF THE STADIUM: ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH

         Mile High Stadium, originally built in 1947 for the minor
    league Denver Bears, became home to the Broncos in the early-
    60's.  The Broncos are one of the few teams in the NFL who don't
    share in any luxury seating, advertising, or parking revenue.
    Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen has asked the City of Denver for
    assistance to build a new facility, but as of now, nothing is
    imminent.
    STADIUM: Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado
    AGE: Built in 1947.
    CAPACITY: 76,123 -- 5th highest in NFL.
    OWNERSHIP: Owned and operated by the City and County of Denver.
    COST: $150,000
    LUXURY SEATS: 60 Luxury boxes, 30 Loge boxes -- managed by the City and County of Denver.
    CONCESSIONS: ARA & City of Parks and Recreation. The city receives 42% of gross concessions after taxes. The city also gets 26% of all catering items to concessions such as private boxes.
    PARKING: Roughly 10,500 spots. Cars $5. City gets revenue.
    ADVERTISING: Handled by the City and County of Denver.
    LEASE: Expires in 2008.
    RENT: Estimated at $1.3M -- 14th highest in NFL.

    (Source: Margaret Geddes, Mile High Stadium; rent figure from Florida-Times Union article on July 24, 1994).

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  • THE SUNS WERE JUST TOO HOT FOR USAIR ARENA

         A slippery court forced the Bullets to postpone their
    contest against the Suns.  The 7:35 tip-off was delayed by close
    to 90 minutes before an official announcement was made to a sold-
    out crowd of 18,756.  The court surface was unplayable because of
    a newly laid layer of ice beneath the basketball court for a
    figure skating event this weekend.  The culprit was the
    unseasonably warm weather the D.C. area has enjoyed lately.  No
    make-up date was announced.  Charles Barkely went into the stands
    to sign autographs.  Bullets guard Scott Skiles: "I'm embarrassed
    by it.  It's happened here before and you would think they'd
    learn (Richard Justice, WASHINGTON POST, 12/7).  Bullets GM John
    Nash:  "This is no longer a state-of-the-art facility.  It is a
    downer for the fans" (Frank Hughes, WASHINGTON TIMES, 12/7).
    

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