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     The Panthers are mailing out permanent seat assignments for
Carolinas Stadium this weekend.  PSL holders will get diagrams
showing their section, row and seat numbers plus a 16-page
reference guide (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 3/1)....Work crews at the
Oakland Coliseum are working "around the clock" to complete a
$100M renovation of the A's/Raiders home.  In case the Coliseum
isn't ready, the A's have a "contingency plan," including
swapping home dates with the Blue Jays, whom they host April 1
(SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 3/1).... Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke,
eager to have his new stadium open by '97, said he will pay any
cost overruns for the estimated $48M in road work in return for
"overseeing the construction" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/1)....In
Chicago, a plan to shift control of the McCormick Place board
from Mayor Daley to Gov. Jim Edgar "cleared an important hurdle"
with Senate committee passage.  Critics called the plan "a power
play designed to pressure Daley to support a domed stadium"
(CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 2/29)....NFL President Neil Austrian told the
city of Cleveland that the league wants to put its first theme
park in a warm weather city, but said Cleveland could be home to
a temporary theme park once a new stadium is opened in '99
(CRAIN'S CLEVELAND, 2/26 issue).
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