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A pledge to guarantee the Brewers a season-ticket base of 10,000 seats this year "could cost the local business community more than $1 million," according to Craig Gilbert of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. The Metro Milwaukee Assoc of Commerce (MMAC) and the Greater Milwaukee Committee made a "multi-year pledge" in January to guarantee Brewers season ticket sales. Thus far, sales are "more than 25% short" of that target. MMAC President Tim Sheehy said the group still plans to work with the team to sell additional partial season ticket packages. The two groups have also offered pledges for future years, including 10,000 in '96, 12,000 for '97, and a guarantee of 2.2 million attendance in '98, '99 and 2000 (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 7/27).
The Redskins "received a rare open-arms welcome from a local government yesterday," with the approval of a zoning change that could cut a year from the process of building a new stadium from a Prince George's County Council committee, according to this morning's WASHINGTON POST. Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke wants to build a 78,000-seat stadium in suburban Landover near the Capital Beltway. The full council is expected to vote on the zoning changes in September (David Leonhardt, WASHINGTON POST, 7/28).
The invoices filling the mailboxes of the 700 businesses that signed up for executive and skysuite boxes at the new FleetCenter are about 15% higher than the "already formidable rental fees agreed to just a year ago," reports Alex Beam in this morning's BOSTON GLOBE. New Boston Garden Corp. President Larry Moulter explains that the Celtics and Bruins "unexpectedly jacked up" their top ticket prices from $40 to $70 and $60, "which sent the skybox prices skyrocketing." Moulter: "The concept of an increase was never unknown to these people but the specifics certainly came as a surprise" (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/28).