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THE MURPH TO GET A FACELIFT: CHARGERS EXTEND LEASE

     The Chargers agreed yesterday to a new lease that could keep
them at Jack Murphy Stadium until 2020.  As part of the deal, the
city will contribute $60M to pay for a new practice facility for
the team and stadium improvements that will include an additional
10,000 seats.  The increased capacity of 72,000 will be in place
before the city hosts Super Bowl XXXII in 1998.  The club will
pay the city a $1.50 surcharge on every ticket sold, beginning in
'97.  The team already pays 10% of their ticket revenue in rent.
Also, the San Diego Int'l Sports Council will make sure the team
averages 60,000 per game each season by purchasing any amount
that fall short of that goal.  The team will have the option of
reopening the lease every four years, beginning in 2007.  The
team's current lease expires in 2003.   The city's Stadium
Authority and the City Council are expected to approve the deal.
Chargers Vice Chair Dean Spanos acknowledged the deal is at "the
lower end of new deals that are out there":  "We're paying more
than most teams are.  If we were going to shop this thing out, I
know we can get a better deal someplace else.  But it was not our
intent, it never was our intent, it never was discussed from that
perspective" (Barry Bloom, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 3/7).
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