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  • HEY CORPORATE NEW YORK, NEW SUITES FOR GIANTS STADIUM

         Giants Stadium "will be outfitted" with $37.2M worth of new
    luxury seating under a partnership formed by the NJ Sports &
    Exposition Authority and the Jets and Giants, according to this
    morning's Bergen RECORD.  The two teams and the Authority "each
    will foot one-third of the construction costs and will split the
    take from the new seating."  Plans call for building 32 luxury
    suites, 26 of them suspended on towers above the existing upper
    tier, and six "supersuites" on the mezzanine level where the
    press box currently is.  Also on the mezzanine will be 794 new
    club seats.  Construction on the project, the first major
    expansion to Giants Stadium since it was built, is scheduled to
    begin next month with the work to be completed in time for the
    '97 NFL season.  Officials said details on the costs of the new
    suites would be released next week (Thomas Fitzgerald, Bergen
    RECORD, 10/13).
    

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  • POLLIN GETS HIS LEASE FROM CITY, BUT COURT BATTLE IS PENDING

         The D.C. Redevelopment Land Agency yesterday agreed to lease
    a city-owned site to Bullets/Caps Owner Abe Pollin, according to
    the WASHINGTON TIMES.  Meanwhile D.C. Superior Court Judge Linda
    Hamilton will decide today whether next Wednesday's planned
    groundbreaking for the MCI Center at Gallery Place can go
    forward.  Earlier in the week Judge Hamilton granted a
    preliminary injunction against further action by the city in
    approving the arena, but ruled the city could go forward with
    some action, including yesterday's meeting in which the agency's
    board approved the 30-year lease with Pollin.  Before approving
    the lease, the board added a provision that Washington Sports
    would have to pay the city as much as $61M if the teams vacate
    the arena (Jeanne Dewey, WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/13).
    

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  • RAMS NEW DOME HOME WILL NOT BE READY AS SCHEDULED

         The stadium authority overseeing construction of the Trans
    World Dome in St. Louis is expected to announce today that the
    dome will not be ready for the Rams-49ers' game on October 22,
    according to this morning's ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH.  Stadium
    construction manager Lawrence Akley met Thursday with officials
    from FANS Inc., the Convention and Visitors Commission and the
    Rams.  A source close to those talks said the authority and the
    Convention and Visitors Commission "probably will not be able to
    guarantee delivery of a 'football-ready' first-class facility."
    If the game is moved to Busch, the Rams will have to refund about
    5,000 fans who bought single-game tickets for the dome opener.
    The team is also "weighing whether it will waive" the $1M penalty
    called for under the terms of their closing agreement if the
    stadium is not delivered by October 22 (Lorraine Kee, POST-
    DISPATCH, 10/13).
    

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  • STADIUM NOTES

         Despite the "desire" of some Harris County official to
    reimburse Astros owner Drayton McLane and his Astrodome USA
    company for nearly $500,000 in emergency repairs to the county-
    owned Astrodome, the County Attorney's Office may block the
    payments.  The county's lawyers believe it may be illegal to
    reimburse Astrodome USA because of the county's purchasing
    requirements which require the county to put repairs on public
    facilities up for bid.  The repairs were made before this year's
    Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HOUSTON CHRONICLE)....A bill in
    the MA legislature that will call for a private bidding process
    for construction of a new convention facility in Boston is
    expected to clear the House next week and legislative leaders are
    hopeful to have something on the governor's desk by November 15.
    The bill will probably not designate a particular site.  And the
    issue of whether a domed stadium will be part of the facility
    "may be left open" (BOSTON HERALD, 10/13).
    

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  • WI GOV. SIGNS BREWERS STADIUM FINANCING PLAN INTO LAW

         WI Gov. Tommy Thompson signed into law yesterday a financing
    plan for a new $250M stadium for the Brewers.  Plans call for the
    stadium to be modeled in the style of Brooklyn's Ebbets Field,
    but with a retractable roof and luxury seating.  The bill creates
    a stadium authority that will levy a tenth of a percent sales tax
    increase in Milwaukee and four surrounding counties.  The tax
    helps pay off $160M in bonds issued to pay for the public's share
    of the cost.  The team has agreed to pay $90M of construction
    costs with the help of a $50M loan from the WI Housing and
    Economic Development Authority.  Before signing the financing
    plan into law, Thompson vetoed language in the bill that would
    have made the stadium a non-smoking facility.  Thompson said the
    ban might raise constitutional problems and problems for the team
    and the stadium authority if Philip Morris' Miller Brewing wants
    to purchase the naming rights (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL,
    10/13).
    

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