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GIVE A LITTLE BIT: BREWERS INCH CLOSER TO STADIUM FINANCES
Published June 28, 1996
WI Gov. Tommy Thompson is pushing to have a stadium financing plan for a new Brewers ballpark done by Saturday, "but he wasn't certain that would happen," according to Rinard & Lamke of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Another private commitment, this one a $1M low-interest loan by the Evan and Marion Helfaer Foundation, was offered as officials met in Thompson's Capitol office to discuss the project. They agreed the ballpark will not be completed until 2000, but that it can be built for $250M without "sacrificing its signature convertible-roof design." Acting Commissioner Bud Selig was not happy about giving up on the originally planned completion date and losing the '99 All- Star Game, which had been committed to the city. Asked whether another All-Star Game in Milwaukee was possible, Selig said "I'll talk to the commissioner on the way home." Selig said he is "not actively pursuing" Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist's idea that MLB contribute $12.5M toward the stadium. Selig: "It's never been done before" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 6/28).