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  • RENOVATIONS FOR THE SUPER BOWL AT THE STICK CONTROVERSIAL

         San Francisco's bid for 1999's Super Bowl XXXIII, that
    includes a $26M renovation of Candlestick Park, has encountered
    "financial hurdles and potential challenges" from the city's
    Board of Supervisors, according to this morning's SAN FRANCISCO
    EXAMINER.  Supervisors complain that Mayor Frank Jordan promised
    the NFL too much without consulting them.  In addition, it is
    unclear how the city will pay for the project, as it had a $9M
    deficit last year.  Other problems: Area unions are upset that
    they were "left out" of the contracting process and that city
    employees were not notified what role they would play in the
    project; and the design contract was rewarded to an AZ firm
    partially owned by a cousin of 49ers owner Eddie Debartolo.
    Jordan has come up with some "innovative" ideas to raise the
    funds for the renovation, including the sale of the naming rights
    of Candlestick and "getting firms involved in other marketing
    ventures."  Jim Lazarus, who is coordinating Super Bowl planning
    for the mayor's office, says voters may be asked to approve a
    bond measure. Renovations must be completed by the beginning of
    the '98 season, or the NFL has the right to withdraw its offer
    for the city to host the '99 Super Bowl (Erin McCormick, SAN
    FRANCISCO EXAMINER, 2/9).
    

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  • STADIUM NOTES

         Members of Seattle's Parks, Public Grounds and Recreation
    Committee yesterday toured the construction site of what will be
    a renovated Seattle Center Coliseum next October.  The $73.4M
    project that started in June of '94 is on budget and on time.
    The new building will have an increased capacity created by a
    lower playing floor; a new roof & scoreboard, luxury boxes, club
    seating, a practice facility and ice-making capabilities.  The
    city will receive revenue from the naming rights of the facility
    (Bill Knight, SEATTLE POST-INTELLENGENCER, 2/9)....The Raptors
    presented their plans for a new arena last night at a meeting
    organized by the Toronto Historical Board.  Approximately 120
    people were on hand to discuss the preservation of the historic
    postal building that will be a part of the arena complex (Dan
    Westell, Toronto GLOBE AND MAIL, 2/9)....The Superdome Commission
    is soliciting bids for renovations to the Superdome and the
    building of a new Saints Training Facility in Metarie, LA (New
    Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 2/8).
    

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  • TARGET CENTER MESS LEADS TO MINNESOTA SPORTS TASK FORCE

         An 18-member task force, mandated by MN state law after the
    state's unsuccessful '94 Target Center buyout bill,  will convene
    for the first time today with many questions pending.  According
    to yesterday's Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, the following topics
    will be discussed by the group:  The possibility of the Twins
    changing ownership; the cost of keeping the Metrodome viable; the
    usefulness of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission
    (MSFC); the city of Minneapolis' obligation to pay for sports
    facilities; and the possibility of government ownership of sports
    teams.  MSFC Chair and task force member Henry Savelkoul hopes
    the body will develop "a package of bills for the 1996
    legislature."  Savelkoul: "If we want pro hockey, we have to be
    proactive. ... If we want to assure that baseball will stay, we
    must do something."  The panel consists of six elected officials,
    with the remaining twelve coming from the community (Jay Weiner,
    Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 2/8).
         ON TARGET:  A Minneapolis City Council committee approved a
    plan for a $75M buyout of the Target Center.  Business leaders
    also reported that they have commitments for $8M of the $12.6M
    needed from private businesses for the deal to be successful.
    Wednesday's 4-2 vote by the Council's Community Development
    Committee, combined with Monday's 4-2 vote by the Council's Ways
    and Means Committee means eight of the 13 members have approved
    the deal.  The full council is expected to vote on the
    transaction Friday, but only if businesses have the full $12.6M
    in commitments (Patrick Sweeney, ST. PAUL PIONEER-PRESS, 2/9).
         FACING OFF WITH BURKE:  NHL Sr. VP Brian Burke met with two
    members of MN Governor Arne Carlson's advisory committee charged
    with bringing an NHL team to the Twin Cities.  Burke told
    officials the "Target Center buyout must be completed before the
    NHL even would look at the Twin Cities market" (Jay Weiner,
    Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 2/8).
    

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