SBD/2/Facilities Venues

STADIUM NOTES

     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).
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