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STADIUM NOTES

     The Tampa Sports Authority began assembling a team of
experts yesterday to help build a new stadium for the Buccaneers.
They are currently searching for an expert on stadium
construction costs, an accounting firm and a financial adviser
(TAMPA TRIBUNE, 8/22)....In Atlanta, Len Pasquarelli reports that
"odds now appear favorable" that repairs to the Georgia Dome
"will be adequate enough" so that the Falcons can play their
regular season home opener on September 3 (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
8/22)....The NJSEA has acknowledged that it had "other reasons --
 besides messy fans -- to justify the 67 percent increase" in
parking fees for Giants games.  The authority plans to use some
of the money to study an off-site parking and shuttle bus plan to
relieve parking lot congestion (Bergen RECORD, 8/22)....In
Milwaukee, state negotiators "drove a hard bargain" in the
recently-released deal to build a $250M stadium "sources involved
in the negotiations" told the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL.  The
team originally pushed for an escape clause from the deal if
attendance fell to a certain level, but did not get it.  Also,
the team "choked initially" at a state demand for a $100M
contribution, but eventually agreed to kick in $90M (MILWAUKEE
JOURNAL SENTINEL, 8/22)....Central FL is being considered as the
site for a $50M bass-fishing theme park planned by the Bass
Anglers Sportsman Society.  Volusia and Brevard counties are
among 200 potential locations for the facility that is to be
called B.A.S.S. Outdoor America (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/22).
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