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  • AN OUTDOOR TWINS BALLPARK? NOT FOR AT LEAST FIVE YEARS

         Twins President Jerry Bell, the team's point man for
    researching the feasibility of a baseball-only facility, met with
    stadium architects HOK of Kansas City, according to the
    Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.  Bell said HOK discussed the
    possibility of building a retractable-roof stadium in MN.  HOK
    has also proposed putting such a stadium in Milwaukee for $227M.
    Bell, former Exec Dir of the Metrodome, said such a stadium in MN
    could cost about $300M and said a new ballpark is "no closer"
    than 5-10 years down the road (Souhan & Weiner, STAR TRIBUNE,
    4/27).  A STAR TRIBUNE/WCCO asked 805 residents statewide, April
    17-22, whether they would be more or less likely to attend a
    Twins game if they played in an outdoor stadium.  Forty-two
    percent said they would be more likely; 25% were less likely; and
    30% said it would make no difference (STAR TRIBUNE, 4/27).
    

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  • BOSTON MAYOR AGAINST HOTEL TAX HELP FOR FULL MEGAPLEX

         Boston Mayor Thomas Menino yesterday backed a hike in the
    city's hotel tax to help pay for a new convention center complex
    -- but not with a stadium -- according to Phil Primack of the
    BOSTON HERALD.  Menino, who had supported an increased hotel tax
    if levied statewide, opposes helping fund a full megaplex (BOSTON
    HERALD, 4/28).
    

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  • TAMPA BAY TIDBITS: ARENA OPENING DELAYED? RAYS SIGN

         Lightning Governor David LeFevre said construction of the
    new downtown Tampa arena may not be ready by the October '96
    goal, according to today's ST. PETE TIMES.  Construction of the
    21,000-seat arena began months ago, but the team needs another
    extension to prepare a financing plan.  In the meantime, the
    Lightning has opened talks with St. Pete officials about
    extending their ThunderDome lease (Richard Danielson, ST. PETE
    TIMES, 4/28). The Tampa Sports Authority and the City Council
    extended Sunday's deadline to get $60M in financing until June 30
    (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/28).
         RAYS LEASE:  The St. Pete City Council reluctantly approved
    a 30-year lease for the Devil Rays at the Thunderdome.  Under the
    lease, the city must raise $50M for renovations while handing
    over management of Dome events to the Rays.  The city also will
    be responsible for insurance, traffic control and a portion of
    the maintenance costs.  In return, the city receives $.50 for
    every ticket sold for any event.  While council members
    acknowledged "the lease is no winner, they said the city got what
    it wanted -- a team."  (Noam Neusner, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/28).  The
    Rays take over Dome management in January '98 (ST. PETE TIMES,
    4/28).
    

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  • VOTERS IN CINCINNATI EXPRESS RESERVATIONS OVER STADIUM

         Nearly 60% of Cincinnati residents "oppose construction of a
    new downtown stadium for the Reds or Bengals," according to a
    poll in the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER.  The poll also found that "only"
    19% of voting-age city residents support a tax increase to pay
    for the new facility.  The survey of 750 adults was conducted by
    Louis Harris and Associates and had a margin of error of +/-
    3.6%.  Among the 37% who support a new facility, 17% support two
    stadiums -- one each for the Bengals and Reds, 48% prefer one
    shared structure, and 32% favor one new stadium and a renovated
    Riverfront (Richard Green, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/27).
    

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