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Published July 2, 1996
Joe Robbie Stadium President Bob Kramm says that American Airlines and Huizenga Holdings are "on course" to rename the facility. American Airlines Stadium or American Airlines Joe Robbie Stadium are possible name choices (MIAMI HERALD, 7/2)....Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES examines the Islanders "understandable yen" for a refurbished Nassau Coliseum or new arena, noting: "When you're in a dingy 24-year old joint with a lousy lease, it's easy to suffer from arena envy" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/2)....A group called "Neighbors of Dodger Stadium" has obtained 2,000 signatures objecting to a football stadium near Chavez Ravine (USA TODAY BASEBALL WEEKLY, 6/26 issue)....Ice Palace GM Bob Rice says there "simply are no negatives" about progress on the arena's construction and future booking schedule. The facility is expected to be hockey-ready for the Lightning's home opener in October (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 7/2)....Fueled by the opening of the Ice Palace and the reality of Devil Rays baseball at the ThunderDome in '98, a commuter ferry service between St. Petersburg and Tampa could be operating by early next year (TAMPA BUSINESS JOURNAL, 7/1).....Fort Lauderdale's failed bid to become home to the Panthers' new Broward County arena cost the city almost $60,000. The total cost of the project was nearly $90,000, but the Panthers have reimbursed the city $36,373. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle: "That was pouring money down a rat hole" (MIAMI HERALD, 7/2).