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STADIUM NOTES

     The City of Toronto's land use committee unanimously
approved a motion to "fast-track" the building of a new arena for
the Raptors.  Construction is scheduled to begin by the end of
the year.  The team hopes to move into the facility by the '97-
'98 season (TORONTO STAR, 1/20).... Orange County officials said
they hope to reach an agreement with the Angels "in the next
several months" on a 30-year lease, "which may include the
construction of a new baseball stadium."  Anaheim city officials
also said the departure of the Rams will help the city's
financial picture, because of the team's commitment to pay off a
$33M bond for Anaheim Stadium improvements (Greg Hernandez, L.A.
TIMES, 1/22).... The DC City Council's Economic Development
Committee will hold a public hearing Wednesday on the planned
23,000-seat downtown arena.  Mayor Marion Barry and other city
officials will travel to Cleveland today to look at Gund Arena
(WASHINGTON TIMES, 1/23)....The Rams' three or four home games at
Busch Stadium throws "a slight curve into the Cardinals plans for
grass in time for the '96 baseball season" (ST. LOUIS POST-
DISPATCH, 1/21).
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