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DETROIT COUNCIL APPROVES SPENDING FOR NEW TIGER STADIUM

     Detroit's City Council gave approval Monday for $40M in
public spending for development of a new $235M Tiger Stadium in
the Fox Theatre district, according to this morning's DETROIT
NEWS.  The 7-2 approval "paved the way" for the city's Downtown
Development Agency to sell $40M in bonds for the project.  The
state will contribute $55M, with the remaining $140M coming from
Tigers Owner Mike Ilitch.  Opponents of the city's spending noted
that in '92, Detroit voters refused a referendum to use public
funds for a new stadium.  Two obstacles remain:  The team is
still putting together a financing package for their
contribution, and the "Tiger Stadium Fan Club" has filed suit
against the state, arguing that it cannot legally contribute the
$55M without legislative approval (Valarie Basheda, DETROIT NEWS,
12/5).
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