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A lawsuit in opposing state funding of a new Tiger Stadium by the Tiger Stadium Fan Club could delay construction for a year, said James Tervo, Detroit's point man for economic development. In an interview with the DETROIT NEWS, Tervo said, "What's really frustrating to me is that the old Tiger Stadium Fan Club has nothing to win. The old Tiger Stadium is not going to be rehabbed." In response to arguments a new facility will not have economic impact, Tervo said, "If you go to Cleveland or Baltimore you understand that if you build a stadium so it blends into the city with limited parking, it is a tremendous boost to the community" (Lynn Waldsmith, DETROIT NEWS, 12/20).
According to a KNBR-AM report cited on "SportsCenter" and the S.F. EXAMINER, the Giants will unveil a new stadium proposal Thursday. S.F. Board Supervisor Carole Migden said the team intends to pursue a ballot measure in March to construct a stadium in the China Basin area, "which would be entirely privately financed." The Giants, who saw voters reject ballot measures in '87 and '89 for publicly-backed stadiums, must convince at least four supervisors to submit the proposal for the ballot by December 27. S.F. Mayor-elect Willie Brown said he would support a privately financed downtown stadium, and state Sen. Quentin Kopp, a past opponent of previous plans, said, "It looks feasible, and it looks desirable and in the public interest" (Gordon, Brazil & Walsh, S.F. EXAMINER, 12/19). Noting the KNBR report, ESPN's Karl Ravech said the Giants "went the way of the Mariners -- keep the big-name players and hopefully get a new stadium" ("SportCenter," 12/19).
In the wake of the Browns' expected move to Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, the CFL Stallions and the Univ. of MD continue to discuss a plan to relocate the team to Byrd Stadium (WASHINGTON TIMES, 12/20)....Arena construction continues in Nashville, where the city hopes to lure an NBA or NHL team. Galvanized steel siding is now being installed as the facility is approximately 52% complete (TENNESSEAN, 12/18)....Support in Milwaukee is growing to change the location of the Brewers' new $250M ballpark to east of Highway 41, instead of west, so it would overlook the Menomonee River. State official James Klauser called it a "remarkable idea ... It solves a lot of our [highway] access problems (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 12/20).