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OUTLOOK GOOD FOR NEW ORLEANS ARENA
Published May 12, 1995
Both lobbyists and legislators agree that LA Gov. Edwin Edwards will "slam dunk" any attempt to stop the proposed $84M multi-purpose arena next to the Superdome, according to Randy McClain of NEW ORLEANS CITY BUSINESS. State Sen. John Hainkel: "I fully expect the arena will go forward before the end of Gov. Edward's term. He knows the next governor will stop it." Those who support the plan argue the facility will attract an NHL or NBA franchise. Saints Owner Tom Benson has confirmed that he is "in the market" for an NBA expansion team, if one is offered by the league soon. Tulane University has also expressed interest in the arena, and has gone so far as to hire a lobbyist to fight any anti-arena legislation during the current legislative session (Randy McClain, NEW ORLEANS CITY BUSINESS, 5/8-14 issue).