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  • BRUTON SMITH REVVING IT UP IN FT. WORTH

         "Millionaire auto racetrack owner" Bruton Smith announced
    yesterday that he is going to build "the perfect speedway" near
    Fort Worth at a cost of over $75M.  The Texas Motor Speedway will
    have "initial seating" for 150,000, "with plans to expand to a
    270,000 operation."  A sports authority will be created to issue
    bonds that will be sold to "finance purchase of the site and
    build the speedway."  Bill Thornton, VP of Economic Development
    for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, said the new speedway
    "has the potential for the same type of impact in every way that
    a National Football League franchise has" (Smith & Martin, FT.
    WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/1).
    

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  • GEORGIA DOME SUBMITS PROPOSAL FOR DISABLED

         The Georgia Dome has submitted a proposal to the U.S.
    Justice Dept. in response to new handicap access requirements
    under the '91 Americans with Disabilities Act and "to complaints
    that handicapped seating in the Dome is inadequate."  If it is
    accepted, "about 320 prime seats" held by longtime Falcons season
    ticket-holders "could be lost to disabled football fans."
    Currently, designated seats for the disabled are in "the last row
    of certain areas of the lower level and in various locations in
    the club level."  Falcons Dir of Ticket Ops Jack Ragsdale:
    "We've told them [season ticket-holders] we will move them to the
    most comparable seats that are available.  We've had a couple of
    calls with people not too happy about it" (Susan Laccetti,
    ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/1).
    

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