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STADIUM NOTES

     The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority is looking at
buying 60 acres of Tampa Sports Authority land south of the
current stadium as a "clear zone" for future runway expansion.
TSA Exec Dir Rick Nafe said such a sale could generate $25M, and
that would put a "big dent" in the $60-65M of public money needed
to start construction of a new $168M stadium for the Bucs (TAMPA
TRIBUNE, 11/30)....Fulton County Commission Chair Mitch
Skandalakis said "billionaire team owners such as Ted Turner
should pay" for arenas without government help.  Atlanta Mayor
Bill Campbell called any criticism of a new arena "unthinkable"
(ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/30)....The Dodgers are replacing the
entire natural grass surface at Dodger Stadium (USA TODAY,
11/30). ....In Oakland, Steve Tady writes on the Warriors' "Dream
House," as a "hoped-for new arena can't come soon enough for
players and fans" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 11/29)....DC Mayor Marion
Barry has refused to authorize a $61M cap on city borrowing for
the new MCI Place, "saying the limit would prevent the District
from selling bonds to finance the project" (WASHINGTON TIMES,
11/30).
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