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Published March 24, 1995
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).