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STADIUM NOTES

     In an "escalation of antagonism" over the Bears' stadium, a
bill offered by state Sen. Doris Karpiel would strip Chicago
Mayor Richard Daley of his control over the Metropolitan Pier and
Exposition Authority, the city-state agency which oversees
McCormick Place, the site of IL Gov. Jim Edgar's "McDome"
proposal (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/16)....The $55M state bond issue to
help bring the Oilers to Nashville is expected to receive final
approval in the TN Legislature within the next two weeks.  The
bond would allow the city Metro Council to use the state's
borrowing power to help build a 65,000-seat stadium (Nashville
TENNESSEAN, 2/14).... The Rockies have reached an agreement in
principle with Tucson on a 15-year lease at Hi Corbett Field for
spring training facilities.  The deal depends on construction by
'98 of a new stadium and a third MLB club joining the Rockies and
Diamondbacks in Tucson (ARIZONA DAILY STAR, 2/16)....The Wayne
County, MI Board of Commissioners endorsed a new Tiger Stadium
Thursday, saying construction of new ballpark would "increase the
fiscal health of the entire region."  A voter referendum on
whether to build a new facility will be held on March 19 (DETROIT
NEWS, 2/16).
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