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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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