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WILL BRONCOS PLAYOFF LOSS HAVE STADIUM IMPLICATIONS?
Published January 8, 1997
Despite talk that the Broncos playoff loss "will hurt the team's drive for a new stadium," a post-game poll showed public opinion is running "at about the same pace" it was nearly two months ago, according to Alan Snel in today's DENVER POST. A poll conducted Monday by Denver's KUSA-TV showed 56% of 500 metro-area residents are opposed to extending the Coors Field 1-penny-per-$10 sales tax to help pay for a new stadium while 39% support the tax. 5% were undecided. A November 20 poll showed 54% against and 40% for the tax. Broncos stadium consultant Porter Wharton: "People are going to make up their minds based on whether it (the new stadium) is in the best interest of the community and the long-term viability of the franchise -- not what happens on the football field" (DENVER POST, 1/8). Columnist Ralph Routon of the Colorado Springs GAZETTE TELEGRAPH calls the loss to the Jaguars "the $250-Million- Dollar Defeat." Routon writes Broncos owner Pat Bowlen now is "facing fourth-and-40 from his own 1-yard line" (Colorado Springs GAZETTE TELEGRAPH, 1/7). Denver Mayor Wellington Webb also said that the Broncos playoff loss "would not hurt the Broncos' efforts." Webb: "It will revolve around how a campaign is put together (DENVER POST, 1/7). TALK ABOUT CHEAP: The effect of the Broncos loss on local merchandisers is examined by Mike Patty in ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS. One "idle employee" at a sports store in a Denver mall: "It's traditional after any Broncos loss for us to experience a lull, but it will probably be especially bad after such high expectations. The only people we've had in are those wanting to know if Bronco stuff is half-price" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 1/6).