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         Huizenga Holdings plans to hire Fort Lauderdale-based
    Centex-Rooney Construction Co. and IN-based Huber, Hunt & Nichols
    to build the new $212M Broward County arena, according to the
    MIAMI HERALD.  Huber, Hunt & Nichols built the Montreal Forum and
    America West Arena.  Meanwhile, a "rough sketch" is beginning to
    emerge, with more detailed plans scheduled for delivery to the
    Broward County Commission August 27.  The arena is expected to
    hold 19,452 seats for hockey, 20,494 for basketball and 18,594
    for football.  Construction is set to begin November 15 and be
    completed by August '98 (Marilyn Marks, MIAMI HERALD, 8/6).

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         Workers are putting the "finishing touches" on the
    CoreStates Center in preparation for its official August 31
    opening -- a World Cup of Hockey game between U.S. and Canada
    (PHILA. DAILY NEWS, 8/7)....The Montreal Forum will be converted
    into a "Times Square-style" entertainment complex with 30 movie
    screens, a virtual-reality fun center and theme restaurants
    (Montreal GAZETTE, 8/6)....The Panthers will use DVCPRO digital
    equipment at Ericsson Stadium (Panasonic)....Bears President
    Michael McCaskey was "unabashedly envious" after watching the
    Bears' preseason opener at Ericsson Stadium:  "You see how
    important this is in the NFL now and for the future" (CHICAGO
    TRIBUNE, 8/4). ....The Greater Plant City, FL, Chamber of
    Commerce has offered to guarantee advertisements on all Plant
    City Stadium billboards to induce the Reds to maintain their
    spring training home there.  The club's lease expires at the end
    of '97 (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 8/4)....A MD Circuit Court judge rejected
    arguments that the Prince George's County Council acted illegally
    in allowing a new Redskins facility on land zoned for residential
    property (WASHINGTON TIMES, 8/3).... Pawtucket, RI, and the
    Triple-A Red Sox have agreed to a 10-year lease at McCoy Stadium,
    which will be renovated.  The deal includes two five-year options
    that could keep the club at McCoy through 2019 (BOSTON GLOBE,

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         Despite a September 3 vote, backers of a Hillsborough County
    half-cent sales tax increase to help fund a new Bucs stadium do
    not seem to be "working up much of a sweat," according to the
    TAMPA TRIBUNE.  Community Investment Tax committee members have
    only recently opened a campaign HQs  and, while they "might have
    a strategy," they "hedged" when asked what it is.  Boosters have
    said they intend to "rely heavily" on direct mail appeals to
    voters instead of large rallies (Henderson & Koehn, TAMPA
    TRIBUNE, 8/7).
         ONE VOTE YES:  It "appears likely" the Greater Plant City
    Chamber of Commerce will announce its support for the sales tax
    increase.  If the tax hike is approved, the Plant City government
    expects its share over 30 years to be close to $40M (TAMPA
    TRIBUNE, 8/5).

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