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Before a "largely skeptical and sometimes raucous crowd" in MD last night, Redskins representatives described their plan for a new stadium to the Prince George's County Council. More than 350 residents showed up for the hearing on Owner Jack Kent Cooke's proposal to build a 78,000-seat stadium. Cooke has asked the county to put the stadium proposal on a fast-track so that it can be completed in time for the '97 season (Neal & Lonhardt, WASHINGTON POST, 7/18). DC ARENA: A public hearing before the National Capital Planning Commission and officials from the DC Government addressed residents' concerns that the proposed MCI Center's closing of G Street will "erode" Washington's "unique baroque style." Last week, Bullets/Capitals Owner Abe Pollin won approval from the Chinatown Steering Committee for the project after submitting a new design for the facility (WASHINGTON TIMES, 7/18).
Brewers VP Laurel Prieb said last night that a financing plan for a new $223M stadium "might be finalized within days." WI Gov. Tommy Thompson told WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee Monday that a stadium deal is currently in front of team officials (AP/Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 7/18).
The Raptors are offering the City of Toronto tickets and use of their new arena in exchange for the land the arena will sit on. Under the team's proposal, the land, estimated to be worth C$3.8-4.5M, would be exchanged for use of the building six days a year for 20 years and 450 tickets a year for 20 years. The proposed package goes in front of the city council next week (TORONTO STAR, 7/18).