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  • CONFUSION OVER TAMPA TICKET GUARANTEE; NEW STADIUM CHEAPER

         The Tampa City Council decided yesterday to delay a vote on
    a proposed two-year guarantee that city would ensure the Bucs
    draw at least 55,000 per game.  The delay was due to confusion
    over whether the public would pay $15 or $20 for the Bucs least
    expensive ticket (Richard Danielson, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 5/26).
    According to today's TAMPA TRIBUNE, the confusion has prompted
    city officials to call for a rewrite of the agreement to "limit
    taxpayer risk."  The confusion began earlier this week when
    officials learned the lowest ticket price offered by the team is
    $20.  County commissioners had approved the plan May 3 based on a
    $15 lowest ticket price.  Although Tampa Sports Authority
    officials predict attendance for Bucs games over the next two
    years will take taxpayers "off the hook" entirely, the "maximum"
    taxpayer risk under changes to the agreement requested is $3M
    (Koehn and Walker, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 5/26).
         NEW STADIUM CHEAPER:  The cost of renovating Tampa Stadium
    has "now risen higher" than building a new stadium from scratch,
    according to the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES.  Architects from HOK on
    Wednesday, "put the cost of a new stadium at" $168.1M, while
    renovating would cost $187.7M.  The reason for the high cost of
    renovating is being blamed on the fact that local officials want
    to increase legroom between rows of seats by four inches --
    requiring "tearing out and replacing a lot of concrete."  The TSA
    meets next week on the recommendation (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES,
    5/25).
    

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