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              The Charlotte City Council received two letters
         yesterday, which said that if the city plans to sell the
         Coliseum, "others besides [Hornets Owner George] Shinn are
         interested" (Mary Elizabeth Deangelis, CHARLOTTE OBSERVER,
         4/1).  Interviews with Shinn and others have indicated that
         Shinn "will negotiate for a lot more than just the
         building," including 155 city-owned acres at the Coliseum
         site, 18 additional acres nearby, a property tax break for
         "several years," and a lease on Independence Arena "that
         will allow him to reduce competition" with the Coliseum
         (Ames Alexander, CHARLOTTE OBSERVER 3/28).  Citizens groups
         calling for a referendum on an uptown arena "credited" their
         efforts in leading to Shinn's decision to drop the plan.  An
         OBSERVER poll showed 81% of Charlotteans favored a
         referendum.  Shinn: "The referendum didn't scare me.  The
         only thing that bothered me is that it was going to take
         time to do it" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 3/28). 

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              A "key" WA State Senate committee passed WA Gov. Gary
         Locke's "embattled" plan to build a new Seahawks stadium,
         and Locke said he has "finally clinched" the votes he needs
         to move the bill out of the Senate and to the House,
         according to Zimmerman & Penhale of the SEATTLE POST-
         INTELLIGENCER.  Locke "said he has the 25 votes he needs to
         get the bill out of the full Senate tomorrow," but the plan
         to build a $425M open-air stadium and exhibition hall "still
         would face a battery of new conditions in the House." 
         Zimmerman & Penhale call the vote by the Senate Ways and
         Means Committee "the first tangible step forward in the
         battle to keep" the team in Seattle for prospective buyer
         Paul Allen (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 4/1).
              LARGE TAB:  Allen has spent "about" $750,000 on "grass
         roots lobbying" to help persuade lawmakers to put the tax-
         funded stadium plan on the June ballot.  The money was spent
         on consultants, polling and TV commercials, including a new
         round of ads that launch this week.  Allen's Football
         Northwest had spent $519,990 by the end of last month, which
         does not include an additional $240,000 spent on the new
         ads.  The group is also spending "at least" $17,000 a month
         on a group of "veteran lobbyists" (SEATTLE TIMES, 3/28).

    Print | Tags: Facilities, Seattle Seahawks, Vulcan Ventures

              The opening of the "under-construction" Anaheim Stadium
         was examined by Barbara Kingsley in the ORANGE COUNTY
         REGISTER.  As ushers wore "cute red hard hats," Kingsley
         wrote, "except for some complaints about missing bathrooms
         and misplaced seats," fans who attended an exhibition game
         Saturday night gave the unfinished ballpark a "thumbs-up." 
         The fans with the "biggest complaints" were those who were
         "bumped" to make room for the Diamond Club, on the stadium's
         lower-level, which won't be ready until '98.  Thirty-year
         season-ticket holder Nina Rogers, whose seat was moved from
         near home plate to near first base: "I love the Angels, but
         I hate Disney" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 3/30).   

    Print | Tags: LA Angels, Facilities, Walt Disney

              Braves Owner Ted Turner spoke to the media before the
         first game at Turner Field, according to Tony Fabrizio in
         the FLORIDA TIMES-UNION.  Turner, on the new ballpark: "It's
         like a biblical story.  You're supposed to be humble.  Ask
         and you'll receive and all that sort of thing.  Don't gripe
         about it.  But we never threatened to leave or anything, and
         we ended up with the best stadium around.  So I don't know,
         there might be a lesson there somewhere."  Turner, on the
         high cost of food and drink at Turner Field: "It is
         outrageous.  I'm not sure I won't eat before I come"
         (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 3/31).  Braves Dir of Ticket Sales
         Paul Adams said the team had sold "about" 25,000 season
         packages, down from last year's figure of 26,000 (AP/Toronto
         GLOBE & MAIL, 3/31). 

    Print | Tags: Atlanta Braves, Facilities
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