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SALE OF POPCORN AND HOT DOGS TO HOLD UP BUCS LEASE?
Published August 15, 1996
The Bucs have submitted a written response to a Tampa Stadium Authority lease offered last month on a new facility, according to Joe Henderson of the TAMPA TRIBUNE. One area in which the team differs with TSA is with regard to concessions. In its proposal, the Bucs request the right to choose the concessionaire for all stadium events and to set the price for food and beverages. The TSA plan calls for both sides to jointly choose the concessionaire. Also, in a "new twist," the Bucs have offered to pay the costs of moving the press box to the roof of the stadium in order to build more luxury suites. Other items: a request to eliminate a clause proposed by the TSA requiring the team to pay costs associated with changing the stadium name; and the right to approve and review all stadium plans. The Bucs also do not want to pay additional money from club seat revenue to the TSA. Club seating is considered a "key element" and the extra money generated is figured into the Bucs proposed annual $3.5M payment (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 8/15).