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A deal is "in the works" to satisfy SkyDome's objections to the Raptors Air Canada Centre arena project, according to the TORONTO STAR. SkyDome has complained of "inadequate" bus parking and pedestrian access at the Raptors' new facility and appealed the Ontario Municipal Board's approval. Dale Martin, a former City Councillor hired by the province to "help clear the way" for major developments, said, "We have a general agreement on what would work." Under the proposal, the province would "accept responsibility" for additional bus parking as needed, and the city would agree to install additional pedestrian connections. Martin: "If the bus parking and pedestrian access are addressed, I don't care who pays for it. My issues are resolved" (Paul Moloney, TORONTO STAR, 10/4).
Cities that have recently built stadiums have learned it takes time for them to "have an impact" on their local economies, according to a story in the Nashville TENNESSEAN. Bill Carey writes cities are also finding football stadiums don't have as much of an impact as baseball parks or arenas, and "sports arenas are no substitute for a healthy economy" (TENNESSEAN, 9/30)....San Francisco Mayoral Candidate Willie Brown joked last week about the $500,000 fee 3Com paid for the naming rights to Candlestick Park. Brown: "If I had known the city was prepared to settle so cheaply, I would have bought it (naming rights) for my campaign, Willie Brown Park!" (John King, S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/3).