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STADIUM NOTES

     Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke and state and county
officials have "intensified" their talks this week in two areas
of "potential conflict" over the proposed football stadium in
Landover, MD.  The two areas being discussed:  whether the county
would lease or sell the property for the proposed stadium site to
the team and what portion of the infrastructure costs each side
will pay (Leonhardt & Neal, WASHINGTON POST, 8/4)....ThunderDome
officials are considering ways to make the Dome a "bit less
closed off from its surroundings" for baseball.  Among the ideas:
Memorializing on the Dome's exterior the baseball greats who have
passed through St. Petersburg for spring training, a neon devil
ray that "zips happily along the rim of the Dome," and lasers to
make the roof of the Dome "shine blue."  Also, the Tampa firm of
Lescher and Mahoney, in association with St. Pete's Criswell,
Blizzard & Blouin, have been hired to plan structural design
improvements such as concourse expansion and new team offices
(Adam Smith, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 8/4)....Due to unexpected
improvement needs, the latest cost of Jacksonville's new football
stadium for the Jaguars is estimated at $134.9M, with "as much as
$3 million to be added."  The original cost estimate was $121M
(Martin Wisckol, FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 8/2).  A "more pressing
matter is whether the stadium will be completed in time for the
team's first game August 18" (USA TODAY, 8/3).
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