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ARE PLANS FOR SEAHAWKS STADIUM A LOST CAUSE?
Published January 13, 1997
"Nobody in Olympia [WA] is enthusiastic about the prospects" of Paul Allen's chances for success with the Seahawks new stadium, according to Ed Penhale in the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER. Allen, who has an exclusive option to buy the Seahawks, wants something "like what the Mariners got -- a package of specialty taxes aimed at fans and tourists to finance bonds," covering the bulk of the cost of the stadium project. But Allen "is making it easier" for lawmakers to consider his proposal by calling for a public vote on a funding package for football, as well as putting up $100M of his own money for the project. But legislative leaders said there is "no chance" they will look at Seahawk stadium funding if the Mariner ballpark plan remains unresolved (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 1/13). Elliott Almond of the SEATTLE TIMES wrote on the Seahawks stadium under the header "Legislators Are Ready to Punt on 'Hawks Stadium." Almond: "In a climate vastly different than the fall of 1995, when lawmakers approved special taxes to fund a ballpark after the Mariners won the American League West in dramatic fashion, the temperature is as cold as the winter weather" (SEATTLE TIMES, 1/10).