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STADIUM NOTES

     The Palladium Corp. and its general contractor, PCL
Constructors Eastern Inc, have been named in a lawsuit brought by
a sub-contractor over a $5M unpaid construction bill for the
recently completed Corel Centre (TORONTO SUN, 3/19)....Officials
with Astrodome USA withdrew their request that Harris County
reimburse them nearly $500,000 for emergency fire-code repairs
made to the county-owned Astrodome (HOUSTON CHRONICLE,
3/20)....Maricopa County Supervisors are expected to approve
today a series of agreements with the Diamondbacks governing the
use and management of Bank One Ballpark for the next 30 years.
The deals could increase taxpayers' share of annual stadium
revenues to $5.5M.  In return, the team would avoid potential
exposure to taxes normally charged to businesses leasing public
space (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 3/20)....The Minneapolis Sports
Facilities Commission preliminary approved allowing the Twins to
sell Metrodome ads to the Lottery.  A left-center field wall ad
would generate $100,000 for the Twins (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE,
3/19).
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