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STADIUM CONSTRUCTION BOOM LOOMING IN THE STEEL CITY?

     Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy said Tuesday he plans to form a
committee to study options regarding a new baseball park and the
city's other two sports facilities, the Civic Arena and Three
Rivers Stadium, according to the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE.  "Faced
with demands" from the Steelers and Pirates, ideas such as
building a domed football stadium/convention center and a new
stadium for the Pirates, or turning over Three Rivers to the
Rooney family to run privately have all been discussed.  Murphy
called both ideas "premature" (Mark Belko, PITTSBURGH POST-
GAZETTE, 10/11).
     NO CITY MONEY:  Tom Barnes writes in the POST-GAZETTE that
Murphy's in "wish-list" for $309M in capital spending unveiled
this week before City Council, there are no mentions of a stadium
(PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 10/10).  Steelers President Dan Rooney
said city officials need to make a decision "immediately" about
Three Rivers.  While he did not threaten to move, he did say, at
a minimum, Three Rivers needs a $75M face-lift for the team to
"compete financially" (Ed Bouchette, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE,
10/10).
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