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HAWKS EYES OLYMPIC LAND FOR NEW ARENA

     Turner Broadcasting System officials are looking at
alternative sites, including land around Centennial Olympic Park,
for a new Hawks arena should negotiations with Norfolk Southern
Railroad break down, according to Maria Saporta of the ATLANTA
CONSTITUTION.  Turner's focus has been on acquiring a nearby
gulch property to build a new arena so that the team can continue
to play in the Omni during construction.  But Turner and the city
are "being forced to look at other options because they are as
much as" $15M apart in their negotiations with the Norfolk
Southern.  The Centennial Park site is not as close to MARTA
stations as the gulch site and would not have enough space for an
arena and 2,000 parking spaces (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 6/14).
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