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STADIUM DEALS UNDER REVIEW BY REDS AND BENGALS
Published May 22, 1995
A proposal being pursued by regional politicians and executives calls for the Reds and Bengals to get side-by-side stadiums on Cincinnati's riverfront, according to the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER. While neither Reds Owner Marge Schott nor Bengals Owner Mike Brown have approved the proposal, architects of the deal are optimistic the plan could get their "approval" by early summer. Brown is reportedly interested enough in the package to "ignore overtures" from Baltimore. Under the plan, the Reds would have a new ballpark built, much like the new parks built in Cleveland, Denver and Baltimore, just west of the Roebling Suspension bridge. The Bengals would get a new facility "built on the skeleton" of Riverfront Stadium. At the request of OH Gov. George Voinovich, the OH Office of Budget Management is now studying how the state can provide as much as 15% of the project's cost. Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls called talk about negotiations and stadium plans are "complete speculation" (Green & Hobson, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 5/20).