St. Pete Denies Rays' Ballpark Search Deal Levine: Yankee Stadium Can House MLS, MLB Sabres Impressed With HarborCenter Facility Braves Add Land For New Ballpark Parking Rice Univ. Upgrading Football Stadium Facility Notes DC United Finalizes New Stadium Approval Redskins Nix Chinese-Built Wi-Fi System Deal NASL Team Owner Discusses MLS Plans Vinik Unveils Building Plan Near Amalie Arena
Published March 19, 1997
TX State Rep. Kim Brimer said yesterday that athletes should help pay for new arenas through a "locker room usage fee" of up to $5,000 per player per game. Stars President Jim Lites, calling the fee an income tax, added such a plan "ain't gonna wash" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/19)....In Atlanta, the City Council voted to rename a section of Capitol Avenue, including the part that passes Turner Field, Hank Aaron Drive (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/18)....Also in Atlanta, the dispute over Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium "appears to be headed to court," over the issue of whether city and county officials give away public property without a legislative body debating and voting on the contract. In '93, the Braves were given a 20-year lease on the land where Fulton County Stadium sits and the agreement with the team calls for the stadium to be demolished to make room for 2,300 parking spaces (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 3/16)....New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority (NJSEA) officials confirmed that they are "actively negotiating" a naming rights deal with Seagrams to rename the Meadowlands racetrack Seagrams Park at the Meadowlands (N.Y. POST, 3/19)....The Raleigh City Council voted 5-3 Tuesday to delay $48M in additional public funding for a sports arena until more seats on the arena authority are filled locally and additional hotel-tax revenues are earmarked for the arts. The Council and Wake County officials "are trying to resolve their differences" on the financing repayment conditions (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 3/19).