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WELCOME TO "EAGLE WORLD" -- HOME OF MR. KOTITE'S WILD RIDE

     Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie presented Philadelphia Mayor Ed
Rendell with his idea of "Eagle World," a "miniature city
revolving around the Eagles football team."  The plan includes a
state-of-the-art practice facility, a museum, a movie theatre and
an interactive theme park, plus shops, restaurants, and a hotel.
Rendell said he liked the idea, but could not help with financing
the project.  To which Lurie responded that municipalities in PA
and NJ "would love to lure such a project out of the city."
Those familiar with the plans say Lurie "does not want to spend a
dime on his facility," as the team wants to sell a developer and
a municipality on the "idea of using the Eagles' name to attract
businesses to the site."  Lurie: "We think a project like this
would lend great excitement and value to our fans and the
surrounding community."  Rendell's office has sent Lurie's plans
to the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., a city agency
that facilitates development deals (S.A. Paolantonio,
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 3/24).
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