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MOTOR CITY STADIUM NEWS: TIGERS GET NEW DIGS; LIONS NEXT?

     The Tigers and Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer agreed Friday on
plans to build a new $235M downtown ballpark for the team,
according to the DETROIT NEWS.  While the City Council must still
approve the plan, the project would be funded by a $55M grant
from the state Strategic Fund, $40M in Downtown Development
Authority bonds, and $145M from Tigers Owner Mike Ilitch.  The
Tigers would also be responsible for $2M toward the demolition or
maintenance of the old Tiger Stadium and any cost overruns.
Construction of the open-air, 42,000-seat natural turf ballpark
is scheduled to begin in April, with completion targeted for
April '98 (Brian Akre, AP/DETROIT NEWS, 10/28).
     GROWL:  The Tigers deal leaves open the possibility of the
Lions developing land adjacent to the Tigers site, according to
the DETROIT NEWS.  Lions VP Bill Keenist: "We consider the
possibility of building on that site a real one" (R.J. King,
DETROIT NEWS, 10/29).  Kathleen Gray writes in the OAKLAND PRESS
that the Lions have stated that unless a new lease agreement is
negotiated with the Silverdome by January 1, the team will
explore other options -- and the deal with the Tigers "may help
usher" the Lions downtown.  Lions Vice Chair William Clay Ford:
"To the extent that it makes a side-by-side stadium possible, it
does pave the way for us to have a side-by-side" (OAKLAND PRESS,
10/28).
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