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STADIUM NOTES: VENUES DON'T ENSURE VITAL ECONOMY

     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).
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