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  • DALLAS SAYS MONEY AIN'T FOR NOTHING; ARENA NOT FOR FREE

         Dallas-based legislators are split over how to fund a
    proposed $141M sports arena.  A majority of them agree that a
    facility should be built downtown for the Mavericks and Stars,
    but some lawmakers are not prepared to support pending
    legislation that would impose new fees or taxes "on users of the
    new facility and others."  There is also some sentiment that
    Dallas residents should have a vote on a new facility (Sylvia
    Martinez, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/31).
    

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  • STATE OF THE ARENA: BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, E. RUTHERFORD, NJ

         Brendan Byrne Arena, located alongside Giants Stadium, will
    host next year's Final Four.  The arena attracted the Devils and
    the Nets soon after it was built.  However, there has been recent
    speculation that the devils could move.  The arena is owned an
    operated by the NJ Sports and Exposition Authority, which doesn't
    allow each team the greatest opportunity for arena revenues.
    ARENA:         Brendan Byrne Arena, E. Rutherford, NJ
    TENANTS:       NJ Nets, NJ Devils
    AGE:           Opened in 1981
    OWNERSHIP:     Owned and operated by the NJ Sports and Exposition
                   Authority (NJSEA), an independent agency with 13
                   commissioners, 9 appointed by the governor.
    MANAGEMENT:    Managed by NJSEA, along with Giants Stadium, the
                   Meadowlands race track and other sports facilities
    COST:          Approximately $85M to build.  Paid for through
                   bonds issued by the NJSEA.
    CAPACITY:      20,149 for basketball, 19,023 for hockey.
    LUXURY SEATS:  29 suites that seat 20-30.   The NJSEA is the
                   primary beneficiary of luxury box revenue.
    NAMING RIGHTS: The sale of naming rights has been considered and
    remains a possibility, although there are no plans
    CONCESSIONS:   Managed by ARAMARK.  Included inside the facility:
                   a restaurant, and 15+ concessions stands.
    ADVERTISING:   The Nets and Devils are responsible for signage
                   unique to their gameday operations, from which
                   they receive revenue.  The NJSEA is responsible
    for a majority of the signage throughout the facility.  Revenue
    figures not available for remaining     advertising.
    PARKING:       4,000 in immediate vicinity, additional 22,000
                   across route 120.  Revenue figures not disclosed.
    GAME-DAY:      NJSEA is responsible.
    LEASE:         Devils through 2001-2; Nets until 2000-01.
    MAINTENANCE:   NJSEA
    RENT:          Figures not available.
    (Source: John Samerjan, Dir of Public Affairs for the Byrne
    Meadowlands Arena)
    

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