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HEAT TO CONSIDER LONGER LEASE AT MIAMI ARENA
Published February 23, 1995
In a letter to Miami Mayor Steve Clark, Heat Managing Partner Micky Arison spelled out conditions for an extension that would keep the team at Miami Arena for two years after the current lease runs out in '98. In the letter, Arison told Clark an extension "would give us sufficient time to ensure that a more permanent solution could be found for the Miami Heat staying downtown." However, in an interview in today's MIAMI HERALD, Arison did not say that an arena upgrade was the solution: "I've tried to get some breathing room so the Heat can find the right long-term solution. I have not come to any conclusions. I've met with people and not one person believes refurbishing the arena is the right way to go. Everyone is saying we should work towards a new state-of-the-art arena." Clark wants to keep the team in a renovated Miami Arena (Karen Branch, MIAMI HERALD, 2/23).