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GM PLACE IN VANCOUVER SETS OUT AN AMBITIOUS AGENDA

     The new GM Place "wants to host the 1997 Canadian Figure
Skating Championships and intends to bid on hosting a world
championship as early as 2001," according to Terry Bell in this
morning's Vancouver PROVINCE.  The facility, which next year will
be home to the Canucks and the Grizzlies, also wants to attract
an ATP indoor event, major curling championships and the Canadian
Open, a World   Grand Prix badminton tour stop.  GM Place Dir of
Sales and Event Marketing Sue Griffin:  "It's definitely part of
our mandate -- we want these events for the city of Vancouver."
Griffin says they have a "50-50" chance of attracting the ATP --
for  sometime in Fall '96 (Vancouver PROVINCE, 1/20).
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