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  • LIGHTNING REASSURES COMMISSIONERS ABOUT NEW ARENA

         Lightning Governor David LeFevre "reassured" Hillsborough
    County commissioners yesterday that the grand opening of the new
    arena will be around October '96 -- not this fall as originally
    planned.  The team's "inability to secure a construction loan" is
    being blamed for the delay.  LeFevre later told the group that
    the team's Japanese owners "expect to choose a consortium of
    arena leaders" within ten days and break ground "within a month."
    He also said publicly for the first time that team owners "may
    finance the construction themselves, should all other options
    fail" (Francis Gilpin, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/16).
    

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