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RAPTORS' PEDDIE SAYS TEAM WILL "REDESIGN" BUILDING FOR LEAFS
Published January 10, 1997
Raptors President Richard Peddie said that the Raptors are now willing "to redesign" the proposed Air Canada Centre, in order to accommodate the Maple Leafs, according to Craig Daniels of the TORONTO SUN. Peddie: "We're making a decision here that's gonna affect (the Raptors and Maple Leafs) for 25 or 50 years. We're prepared to delay a couple of months to redesign, if that's the case." The redesigning will involve reducing seating capacity to 19,500 from 22,500 and "drastically revamping existing sightlines." Daniels also adds the Raptors face NBA's penalties for their delays in arena construction. Peddie: "We'll put a shovel in the ground and then we'll go chat with the NBA. ... they'll be understanding" (TORONTO SUN, 1/10). David Israelson of the TORONTO STAR writes the teams "will decide within about two weeks whether they can live together" (TORONTO STAR, 1/10).