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  • OFFICIALS ASSEMBLE PACKAGE TO COMPLETE ST. PETE RENOVATIONS

              St. Petersburg officials have put together a $7.2M
         package to ensure Tropicana Field renovations are completed
         by a March 1 construction deadline, according to David
         Rogers in the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES.  The move comes as the
         "renovation to prepare" Tropicana Field for MLB "is being
         threatened by cost overruns and increasingly bitter disputes
         among" project architects, contractors and the Devil Rays. 
         In addition to the "cash infusion, the package is designed
         to keep the project moving ahead."  No fault will be
         determined "until the end of the project, when a mediator
         will review disputes" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 10/11).
    
    

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  • POLL SHOWS STADIUM TAX GAINING SUPPORT IN NC TRIAD

              While "stiff opposition" to public financing of a
         major-league ballpark "persists," 44% of registered voters
         polled in Guilford and Forsyth, NC, counties now say they
         would vote for a prepared-foods tax to raise $140M toward
         stadium construction costs, according to Justin Catanos of
         the Greensboro NEWS & RECORD.  But 48% said they would vote
         against it and 8% remain undecided.  The poll, of 405
         voters, was conducted for the NEWS & RECORD by Piedmont
         Opinion last week and had a margin of error of +/- 4.9%.  It
         "suggests that if the referendum were held today, the
         outcome would be too close to call."  A June survey showed
         36% in favor, 58% opposed and 5% undecided.  Of those
         surveyed last week, 31% said the possibility of getting the
         Twins would make them more likely to support the stadium
         tax, while 59% said it would have no effect.  Also, the tax
         is "far more popular with African Americans than Caucasians,
         more popular with men than women and more popular with
         registered voters under age 35" (NEWS & RECORD, 10/12). 
    
    

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  • PUBLIC OPINION NOT ON THE PATS' SIDE IN STADIUM QUEST

              A new poll shows that MA voters "oppose spending tax
         dollars" to help the Patriots in their "quest to renovate
         Foxboro Stadium," by a ratio of more than 2 to 1, according
         to Scot Lehigh of the BOSTON GLOBE.  The survey of 530
         registered voters, conducted October 4-8, was commissioned
         by Suffolk Univ.'s Beacon Hill Institute, and conducted by
         Clark Univ.'s Public Affairs Research Center.  It has a
         margin of error of +/- 4%.  The survey noted that the State
         Legislature "was debating" whether to issue state-backed
         bonds, which "may cost taxpayers as much as" $80M to help
         the Patriots renovate Foxboro Stadium.  Data showed that 63%
         of respondents opposed "such a public expense, compared to"
         30% who favored it; 7% "were unsure or had no opinion." 
         Patriots VP/Communications Don Lowery dismissed the poll,
         saying "it failed to provide respondents even basic
         information on the proposal" that (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/12).
    
    
    

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  • ROCKETS OWNER LOOKS TO DELAY SUMMIT NAMING RIGHTS DEAL

              Rockets Owner Les Alexander asked Houston City Council
         members yesterday "to postpone" a vote to rename The Summit,
         according to John Williams of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. 
         Alexander's lobbyist, Bill Miller, said that Alexander "is
         concerned" how the deal could affect the team's 24 corporate
         sponsors that have arena ad rights during NBA games.  Miller
         said that the Rockets "know virtually nothing about the
         deal" between Arena Management Corp. and Compaq Computer
         Corp. "aside from media reports."  Councilmember Rob Todd
         said that "unless more information is provided," the issues
         could be postponed for a week (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/14).
    
    

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  • STADIUM NOTES

              The San Antonio Sports Foundation and the Greater San
         Antonio Chamber of Commerce "are primed" to launch surveys
         "to gauge public support for the construction of a new
         multipurpose arena" (S.A. EXPRESS-NEWS, 10/11)....In Akron,
         David Adams examined construction of Cleveland's new
         football stadium in light of cost overruns incurred by
         Gateway Corp. with Jacobs Field and Gund Arena.  Mayor
         Michael White, on staying within the $247M budget: "We have
         been relentless with the architect.  We have been relentless
         with the engineer.  We have been relentless with the owner's
         representative.  We have been relentless with the
         construction manager" (BEACON JOURNAL, 10/12).
    
    

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