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TURNER UNVEILS DESIGN PLAN FOR NEW DOWNTOWN ARENA

          Turner Sports & Entertainment unveiled design plans
     yesterday for its $213M development project in downtown
     Atlanta, which includes a new arena for the Hawks and
     Atlanta's new NHL expansion team.  The arena, and the
     surrounding 12-acre development, is scheduled to be
     completed in September of '99.  The arena will be built on
     the former site of the Omni Coliseum (TBS).  In Atlanta,
     Unger & Saporta wrote that the arena will have "steel
     trusses supporting three sweeping roofs that resemble cards
     being fanned."  The trusses will spell out "Atlanta" on one
     side and "CNN" on the other.  Braves & Hawks President Stan
     Kasten: "We wanted it to be instantly recognizable and to
     make a statement -- at least as recognizable as the Sydney
     Opera House."  The new arena's luxury suites will be "open"
     with no glass and will also be "stacked vertically," instead
     of horizontally around the arena, so fans will be "closer to
     the action."  Also, 60% of the seats are either in the lower
     level or premium area (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/9).  The
     Hawks will play their home games at both the Georgia Dome
     and on the campus of Georgia Tech  ("Fox Sports News,"
     10/9).  For a visual of the plan, see www.accessatlanta.com.

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