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         After the strike ends, talk of a new downtown baseball
    stadium in Detroit will "be renewed, only this time there figures
    to be more than debate," according to the DETROIT NEWS' Lynn
    Henning.  Henning writes there is likely "to be action" on the
    proposed $270M Foxtown ballpark, as Tigers Owner Mike Ilitch
    plans to back a 30-year, $200M-plus bond sale.  In addition,
    Henning says stadium plans will move forward because of broad
    bipartisan support and leadership from the State House, something
    that "had been lacking" in earlier talks.  Although some state
    assistance will be needed -- including gaming revenue from a
    proposed casino --the "bulk of a new Foxtown stadium will be
    Ilitch's responsibility."  Ilitch will have to finance close to
    $8M a year to satisfy the bond -- money which would be raised by
    a ticket surcharge, luxury seating, and advertising.  And he
    would lease, not own, the stadium.  Henning predicts "no
    participation on the part" of the Lions, which is "just the way
    the Tigers want it" (DETROIT NEWS, 3/29).

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         Residents of Rolling Oaks, a northern Dade County
    neighborhood "in the shadows" of Joe Robbie Stadium, say that the
    Panthers "are not welcome" in the area.  The stadium area is one
    of six places where Panthers Owner Wayne Huizenga might build a
    civic center/arena.  Attorneys for residents are threatening a
    "legal fight" if Huizenga tries to build on the vacant lands he
    owns near the stadium (Eric Conrad, Ft. Lauderdale SUN SENTINEL,

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         Patriots Owner Robert Kraft said he will pay for a new
    stadium for his team if the public supplies the land and other
    support.  His comments "stunned" the MA Megaplex Commission by
    raising the idea of a privately financed facility, but Kraft's
    aides later called the idea "completely theoretical" and said it
    "was not under serious consideration" (Richard Kindleberger,
    BOSTON GLOBE, 3/30).  Still, his comments "added a new twist to
    an already complicated" Megaplex debate.  Kraft did not rule out
    other options, such as renovating Foxboro Stadium or being part
    of a downtown Megaplex, perhaps looking to "improve his image"
    with legislators who have criticized him for asking for public
    support.  Red Sox officials, who have said they would are willing
    to pay for a new home if the state provides the land, said they
    would meet with Kraft.  Red Sox VP John Buckley:  "If there is
    any possibility to side-by-side football and baseball stadiums,
    that would be great."  Commission members said if Kraft and the
    Red Sox are willing to finance facilities themselves, the
    commission would focus on a convention center alone, which is
    what several "wanted to do anyway" (Phil Primack, BOSTON HERALD,
    3/30).  NFL VP/ Business and Football Development Roger Goodell
    also addressed the commission, saying that communities that have
    lost NFL teams "quickly came to understand the tremendous value
    to the community of what they had lost after failing to respond
    to the need for a new facility" (Martin Nolan, BOSTON GLOBE,
    3/30).  Goodell also floated the notion of a new Boston facility
    hosting the Super Bowl (AP, 3/30).

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