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         Two WI Senate leaders yesterday offered to work out
    "financial incentives" to help the Brewers pay for a new stadium
    downtown, but Brewers Owner Bud Selig said "the site issue had
    been decided," according to Steven Walters of the MILWAUKEE
    JOURNAL SENTINEL.  Selig added that the team was "in the eighth
    or ninth inning" of getting the Legislature to approve a new
    $250M stadium on part of the current site.  New support for a
    downtown stadium came from Senate Majority Leader Michael Ellis
    and Asst. Senate Majority Leader Margaret Farrow.  Walters
    reports the current stadium plan "does not have enough votes to
    pass the Senate yet."  Ellis claims if a downtown site were
    considered, he would support the Brewers owning the stadium
    "outright," with the team receiving all revenues from concerts
    and other events and a special "tax incremental financing"
    district which would allow taxes collected on all improvements
    within that area to pay for the stadium (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL
    SENTINEL, 8/30).

    Print | Tags: Anheuser Busch, Facilities, Milwaukee Brewers

         In her "Private Sector" column in the BOSTON GLOBE, Joan
    Vennochi examines the transformation employees of the new
    FleetCenter are undergoing as they move over from the old Boston
    Garden.  In preparation of the FleetCenter's opening next month,
    "the crusty old guard at Boston Garden is being handed a new look
    -- rugby shirts and chinos for concession workers -- and will be
    asked to come to work with a smile instead of a snarl."  At a
    recent workshop, workers were told to "forget their old job
    description" -- they are all "entertainment-enhancers and
    coworkers."  FleetCenter VP of Human Resources Patricia Murphy,
    on Delaware North Chair Jeremy Jacobs, who owns the bruins and
    the new building:  "The chairman wants Disney" (BOSTON GLOBE,

    Print | Tags: Facilities, Walt Disney

         The Rams are "relatively close" to a deal with TWA under
    which the airline would pay "millions of dollars" for naming
    rights to the new domed stadium, according to William Freivogel
    in today's ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH.  Rams President John Shaw:
    "We have been negotiating with them, but haven't got a deal yet.
    We could announce it anywhere from the next two to four days."
    Shaw said the deal "picked up some momentum" after the airline
    got out of bankruptcy court last week.  Shaw declined to discuss
    how much the deal could be worth or the issues which remain to be
    resolved (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 8/30).

    Print | Tags: Facilities, LA Rams

         The Georgia Dome was declared safe yesterday and will be
    ready to host the Falcons home opener on Sunday (ATLANTA
    CONSTITUTION, 8/30)....Heeding the advice of its attorneys and
    "spurning a plea" from the New Orleans Zephyrs, the Superdome
    Commission voted 7-0 Monday to put a 10,000 seat minor-league
    ballpark in East Jefferson out to bid again (New Orleans TIMES-
    PICAYUNE, 8/29)....The ThunderDome is reportedly interested in
    hosting the ACC basketball tournament (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES,

    Print | Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Facilities
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