SBD/13/Facilities Venues

STADIUM NOTES

     Twelve-seat suites for Coyotes games at America West Arena
are renting for $43,000, with 14-seat suites going for $48,000.
Included are four pre-season games, 41 regular season games, two
playoff rounds and six additional tickets per game for each suite
(ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 8/13)....Chicago-area stadiums are "bracing"
for price competition as private investors discuss plans for a
new $50M, 12,000-seat arena in the northwest suburbs.  The
facility, whose tenants would include CBA and RHI franchises,
could open by fall '98.  Rental rates have fallen 20-30% over the
past several years at the United Center, Rosemont Horizon and
Univ. of IL-Chicago Pavilion (CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS, 8/12
issue).... In Detroit, Joe Falls writes Lions Owner William Clay
Ford will have to make an announcement soon if he wants a
referendum on the Wayne County ballot this fall for a downtown
stadium (DETROIT NEWS, 8/11)....In San Antonio, Charlotte-Anne
Lucas questions whether SBC Communications, a 7% owner of the
Spurs and future parent of PacBell, will "step up to the naming-
rights plate" and help the team finance a new arena (San Antonio
EXPRESS-NEWS, 8/10)....The Superdome set records for attendance
and utilization in the fiscal year ending June 30.  The main
arena was booked 250 days and 49 of 52 weekends.  Over 1.6
million attended events, an 18% increase over the previous year
(Superdome).
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