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         The Prince George's County Council yesterday voted
    "unanimously" to buy 300 acres in Landover, MD, known as Wilson
    Farm.  The farm is one area Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke is
    reportedly interested in for a new stadium.  Officials, however,
    contend that the purchase "has little to do" with Cooke's
    reported interest and that "it's not intended to be used as a
    springboard for a potential stadium" (John Mercurio, WASHINGTON
    TIMES, 4/5).  But Cooke could face another obstacle with the
    site, since it "sits atop" the Brightseat Formation, an important
    geological site that scientists from the Smithsonian Institution
    and the Interior Dept. are "urging county officials to protect."
    The area is believed to be rich with fossils, and scientists want
    to preserve the farm for researching natural history (Pierre &
    Jeter, WASHINGTON POST, 4/5).

    Print | Tags: Facilities, Washington Redskins, Wilson Sporting Goods

         The future of baseball in Tampa-St. Pete has become
    uncertain as officials in Pinellas County now say they "couldn't
    meet an April 30 deadline even if they decided to increase
    tourist taxes to help outfit the ThunderDome for baseball."  As
    reported yesterday, renovations to the Dome will reportedly cost
    at least $40M.  City officials will "probably" get $20-25M from a
    "special state sales tax fund," which leaves officials
    "scrambling" for the rest -- and Devil Rays Owner Vince Naimoli
    "hinting" he could relocate the team.  After a meeting yesterday
    between team and city officials, County Commissioner Steve
    Seibert said they could not vote on raising the county's hotel
    bed tax, which would cover about $20M, before May 16.  Other
    county officials claimed they were not aware of the April 30
    deadline and criticized Naimoli for "waiting until this week to
    publicize" it.   Siebert said team officials would have to ask
    the MLB for an extension (Neusner and Moncada, TAMPA TRIBUNE,
    4/5).  MLB Expansion Committee Chair John Harrington:  "I believe
    the deadline is very hard, not that it can't be varied.  They
    have to get the commitment on that.  I can't say there's any room
    for negotiations there" (Topkin, Seaton & Davey, ST. PETERSBURG
    TIMES, 4/5).
    In Orlando, Mike Zizzo speculates that a recent joke told to
    Naimoli by Orlando Mayor Glenda Hood -- that the cities' rivalry
    may continue since Orlando still has plans to build a "brand-new,
    baseball-only, open-air stadium" -- "may have left Naimoli with
    an option" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 4/5).

    Print | Tags: Facilities, MLB, Tampa Bay Rays

         The Alamodome recently welcomed a new CFL tenant.  The team,
    to be called the San Antonio Texans, will join the Spurs in the
    two-year-old dome.   The Spurs moved to the city-owned facility
    from the Hemisfair Arena in 1993.  The basketball capacity of up
    to 35,000 has allowed the Spurs to rank third in the NBA in
    attendance this year at 21,949 a game.  The facility will host
    the '96 NBA All-Star Game.
    STADIUM:       The Alamodome
    TENANTS:       NBA Spurs, CFL Texans.
    AGE:           Opened May 15, 1993.
    OWNERSHIP:     Owned by the City of San Antonio.
    MANAGEMENT:    Managed by the City of San Antonio.
    COST:          $186 million -- The city raised the funds through
                   a 1/2 cent sales tax.
    CAPACITY:      21,372-35,500 for basketball, 65,000 for football.
    LUXURY SEATS:  38 luxury suites that seat 12-16 people.  The
                   Spurs market 34 of the suites, the Alamodome
                   markets the other four.
    NAMING RIGHTS: No plans to sell naming rights.
    CONCESSIONS:   ARAMARK Services manages the concessions.  Spurs
                   receive 60% of food and beverage sales and receive
                   85% of souvenir sales (gross income).  City
                   receives remaining income.
    ADVERTISING:   Spurs control advertising, city receives $275,000
                   annually (proposed for '95).
    PARKING:       City owns and manages parking lots at the
                   Alamodome.  Spurs lease all available spaces for
                   games at $50,000 annually.  Texans will receive
                   100% of revenue from parking.
    GAME-DAY:      Event staff paid for by Spurs and Texans.
    LEASE:         The Spurs are in 10-year agreement.
    MAINTENANCE:   City is responsible for maintenance, paid through
                   renewal and improvement fund.
    RENT:          Spurs pay $270,000 for office/sports club/
                   restaurant rental; $205,000/game day rental
                   minimum per season; City receives 6% of gross
                   ticket sales.
    (Sources:  SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS (Feb. 10), and Janet Vasquez,
    public information officer of the Alamodome).

    Print | Tags: Aramark, CFL, Facilities, Houston Texans, NBA, San Antonio Spurs
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