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Donald Trump reportedly backs a plan to build a new Yankee Stadium on the West Side of Manhattan, according to this morning's N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Trump: "If [Yankee Owner] George [Steinbrenner] picked up the phone and called, I would be there in 15 seconds. No question. I would support anything George does." In a DAILY NEWS column, CBS' Pat O'Brien reports that Trump favors a site behind Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, with "10 stories worth of parking" and serviced "by every form of rail and MTA there" (N.Y DAILY NEWS, 9/26). In a commentary in today's USA TODAY, Tom Weir urges that Yankee Stadium not be closed: "Having proved last October how temporary it can be, baseball needs some newfound permanence" (USA TODAY, 9/26).
Under the terms of their agreement with the Province to take NBA games off the Pro-Line sports lottery, the Raptors are "scrambling" to avoid a $1M penalty that will be incurred if construction on the Air Canada Centre does not begin by October 1, according to the TORONTO STAR. But the cannot get a building permit until appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board are heard or are resolved without a formal hearing. The SkyDome is appealing construction of the arena on the grounds that there are inadequate plans for bus parking and pedestrian access (TORONTO STAR, 9/26).
A poll has found that most of San Francisco's voters oppose changing the name of Candlestick Park to 3Com Park. In a survey of 500 likely voters, 57% opposed the name change, with 46% expressing strong disapproval. There is ballot question on the stadium name change. The question was merely added to a poll on the city's upcoming election. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 5% (AP/N.Y. TIMES, 9/26)....In an editorial on the circumvention of election laws, the MIAMI HERALD notes that a group opposing the incorporation of the area around Joe Robbie Stadium as the city of Destiny received $100,000 from JRS/Dolphins Owner Wayne Huizenga. The donation, however, was not reported until after the September 19 vote (MIAMI HERALD, 9/25).