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  • CLEVELAND LEGISLATOR CALLS FOR NEW STADIUM

         Patrick Sweeney, a member of the Ohio Sports Facilities Task
    Force, says "if he had his druthers" he would replace Cleveland
    Stadium instead of renovating it.  Sweeney, a Cleveland state
    Rep. says a new stadium would create more economic development
    than a renovated one.  Sweeney pointed out the economic benefits
    that came from Gateway Economic Development Corp.'s Jacobs Field
    and Gund Arena.  Cleveland's Mayor Michael White has recommended
    the stadium be renovated.  It is estimated a new stadium would
    cost $220M, while a renovation job would only be $130M (Thomas
    Suddes, Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 3/16).
    

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  • COMMISSION APPROVES BONDS FOR SUPERDOME IMPROVEMENTS

         The Superdome Commission approved the sale of $14.5M in
    bonds to go toward the construction of a new training facility
    for the Saints and improvements at the Superdome.  The action
    could put the Saints in their new practice home by Christmas.
    The approval also assures that dome improvements will be
    completed by Super Bowl XXXI in '97 (Brian Allee-Walsh, New
    Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 3/15).
    

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  • DC'S AMAZING SHRINKING ARENA -- PLANS CALL FOR 20,000 SEATS

         Plans for the new arena in downtown Washington call for the
    facility to seat 20,000, less than the 23,000-24,000 originally
    expected.  Bullets/Capitals owner Abe Pollin unveiled plans for
    the new $180M facility yesterday.  Planners say the size will not
    affect arena revenue because estimates were based on seating less
    than 20,000.  In other news, the Smithsonian Institution's top
    official has informed the DC Council that the new arena "could
    destroy business" at two nearby museums.  Smithsonian Secretary
    Michael Heyman said "arena traffic could overwhelm" the area
    around the National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of
    American Art and that the museums could be damaged by the
    construction (Woellert & Stanley, WASHINGTON TIMES, 3/17).
    

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  • DENVER'S NEW ARENA TO BE PEPSI'S LATEST POUR-HOUSE

         Pepsi and Comsat's Rocky Mountain Entertainment announced
    yesterday that Denver's new $132 arena, to open in '97, will be
    named the "Pepsi Center."  Pepsi will have exclusive rights to
    name the arena, serve its products there and have multi-year
    sponsorships of the Nuggets and a possible NHL team.  Rocky
    Mountain Entertainment is a subsidiary of Comsat, which owns the
    Nuggets.  Financial details were not disclosed, however, in a
    presentation last month, Comsat president Bruce Crockett had
    "valued the deal at about" $68M.  Eric Foss, GM of PepsiCo's
    Western region, said that number is "greatly exaggerated."  Coke
    has exclusive "pouring rights agreements" for its products in 24
    of the 27 NBA arenas.  According to Information Resources, Denver
    is a very strong market for Pepsi, as they hold 46% of the market
    share, while Coke holds only 28% (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/17).
    The DENVER POST reported in November Pepsi would pay $15M up
    front for the naming rights and an additional $1M a year for 20
    years.  Comsat and Pepsi may also jointly promote events at the
    proposed arena and other local venues (Chance Conner, DENVER
    POST, 3/16).
    

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  • SOX SAY NO TO EXTENSIVE FENWAY EXPANSION

         The Red Sox dismissed a plan by the Boston Redevelopment
    Authority to expand and rebuild Fenway Park on its current site.
    The plan, unveiled yesterday at a news conference, would expand
    capacity to 45,000 seats and add 73 luxury boxes.  The Red Sox
    currently have the smallest capacity in MLB.  Red Sox VP John
    Buckley said the team has already looked into expanding Fenway
    Park, but it has never "come out as feasible because of added
    cost, parking, traffic and neighborhood concerns."  Buckley has
    said the team is willing to play an "active role" involving a
    joint venture with the Patriots on a downtown Megaplex (Phil
    Primack, BOSTON HERALD, 3/17).  Red Sox GM Dan Duquette: "Our
    orientation is toward a new facility.  These things generally
    take five or eight years and we're in the early stages" (Paul
    Doyle, HARTFORD COURANT, 3/17).
         MEGAPLEX PANEL ON THE ROAD: The commission studying sites
    for a convention center in Boston said they will travel to four
    cities next month to "weigh whether a domed stadium should be
    part of the project."  Among the cities being toured will be
    Atlanta, New Orleans, St. Louis and Indianapolis (Richard
    Kindleberger, BOSTON GLOBE, 3/16).
    

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  • WAC CONSIDERS SITES FOR FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS

         The WAC is considering the Cotton Bowl along with three
    other sites, for its football championship game in '96.  El Paso,
    Las Vegas and San Diego are also under consideration.  WAC
    Commissioner Karl Bensen says bids for both basketball and
    football championships must be turned in by April 1.  Dallas,
    Houston, Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Albuquerque and San
    Jose are bidding for the WAC basketball championships (Steve
    Davis, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/15).
    

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