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Chargers President Dean Spanos said the team will move its entire '97 home schedule to the Rose Bowl if a Superior Court judge halts construction at Jack Murphy Stadium next Thursday, according to Barry Bloom in the SAN DIEGO UNION- TRIBUNE. Spanos said he and Rose Bowl President Al Moses have an oral agreement, and a contingency contract should be signed by next week (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 2/14). San Diego-based Qualcomm Chair Irwin Jacobs has offered to "make a deal with the city that would resolve the funding controversy and put the high-tech company's name" on Jack Murphy Stadium (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 2/14). SUPER BOWL: The NFL has adopted a contingency plan to hold the '98 Super Bowl at the Rose Bowl if it becomes necessary to move the game from Jack Murphy (Rose Bowl).
AZ Industrial Commission investigators have found a dozen safety violations and have recommended $8,000 in fines in the October 9 death of a man at the Bank One Ballpark construction site (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 2/14)....Mariners VP Paul Isaki said the team is "reviewing a contingency plan" to play an extra year at the Kingdome, rather than move into a new stadium with an unfinished roof (SEATTLE TIMES, 2/13).
"Strong protests" from the tennis community have forced the USTA's board of directors to reconsider its decision to name its new U.S. Open facility USTA Stadium, instead of in memory of Arthur Ashe, according to Doug Smith in USA TODAY. Last month, USTA President Harry Marmion said the board advised Ashe's widow, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, that the 23,000-seat facility would be named USTA Stadium. But Marmion now says that the board will meet Sunday and Monday in Atlanta to "reconsider" the name (USA TODAY, 2/14).
The Bengals have agreed to a location for their new stadium between Elm St. and Central Ave., immediately north of Mehring Way. The facility will include a new Bengals front office and a new practice facility. The stadium is to open with the 2000 NFL season (Bengals). Hamilton County will now try to "relocate eight companies on the site," according to Anne Michaud of the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER. Land acquisition may take six to nine months, and county officials "expect construction to begin" in early '98. The county and the Bengals are working toward a June 30 deadline to sign a lease (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 2/14).