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MAYBE VOTERS NEED ANOTHER TWO MARTINEZ LUNCH TO SUPPORT M'S
Published October 10, 1995
A poll of 400 WA state voters released by the SEATTLE TIMES indicates that most oppose using state funds to help build a new ballpark for the Mariners. The poll, conducted last Thursday and Friday and released Sunday, finds 53% opposed to using state money, 36% in support and 11% undecided (AP/TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE, 10/9). Meanwhile, WA Gov. Mike Lowry continued to work on a plan to build a new stadium in Seattle, with details emerging in advance of Thursday's expected special session of the legislature This morning's SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER reports Lowry's new plan would support a $320M stadium (up from $250M six months ago). King County's share would come from tax increases on the county's bars and restaurants, rental cars and admissions at the Kingdome. The plan would allot money for last year's Kingdome roof repairs and future renovations (Michael Paulson, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 10/10). CLOSE TO HOME: Despite signs of voter opposition, many believe the Mariners' postseason success will keep them in the Pacific Northwest. John McGrath writes the team's on-the-field success has "not only likely saved baseball in Seattle," but also given the sport "an adrenaline shot for a new generation" (TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE, 10/10). ESPN's Peter Gammons: "The last two months I think have pretty much assured the Pacific Northwest that baseball is going to stay here because this is a great baseball area" ("SportsCenter," 10/9). In his BOSTON GLOBE column, Gammons reports "a chance" that John McCaw, Mariners minority owner and Grizzlies/Canucks majority owner, will put together a group to make the Mariners a "regional franchise," splitting games between Seattle and Vancouver (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/8).