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LIONS CONTINUE QUARREL WITH DOME; MAY PULL '96 PRE-SEASON
Published July 20, 1995
The Lions are considering moving two '96 preseason games from the Silverdome "in their search to raise more cash despite an unfavorable lease," writes Kathleen Gray in the OAKLAND PRESS. The team is also considering raising prices of suite tickets, which would also serve to "take money out of the Silverdome's coffers." The facility is responding by "considering holding off" on marketing deals the Lions have with local businesses that include fan activities inside and outside the dome. Silverdome and city of Pontiac authorities are angry that team has not set suite ticket prices, claiming that they are unable to sell suites for the upcoming season. Since they hold exclusive advertising rights inside the stadium, the Silverdome has refused to allow the Lions to co-sponsor activities such as kicking and throwing contests and fan tailgates with local companies. The Lions said last week they will not negotiate with the Silverdome in the future after several city offers "were inadequate." The team is now "concentrating efforts" on building a new stadium (OAKLAND PRESS, 7/19).