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STADIUM NOTES: COURT DATE SET IN MILWAUKEE
Published November 21, 1995
The WI Supreme Court has ordered the parties in a suit seeking to prevent a five-county sales tax increase to build a new ballpark for the Brewers to trade written arguments by December 29 and set oral arguments for January 11. Stadium opponents argue the Legislature illegally set up the new taxing districts (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 11/21)....In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman writes while the Vikings can pay to escape their Metrodome lease, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission's Bill Lester says they would go to court to keep the team. Vikings President Roger Headrick says he has no plans to move (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/21)....NASCAR President Bill France spent three hours touring the Texas Motor Speedway with developer Bruton Smith on Sunday, but NASCAR still has not decided whether to award the track a Winston Cup race date (FT. WORTH STAR- TELEGRAM, 11/21)....Metro-Dade County mayoral candidate (and former Miami Mayor) Xavier Suarez wants to "raid the budgets of two county-supported agencies" to pay for a new downtown arena for the Heat. He proposes financing a new arena for the Heat become a top issue in the upcoming mayoral campaign. In other news, City of Miami commissioners agreed to try to buy out the company, Decoma Miami Associates, that manages the Miami Arena, to give the city more control over arena business including the upcoming lease negotiations with the Heat (MIAMI HERALD, 11/17)....The Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the GA Hospitality and Travel Association all endorse the proposed citywide car rental tax to help finance a $200M downtown arena for the Hawks (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/18).