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N.Y. POST HAS METS ON THE MOVE TO NEW EBBETS FIELD

          The Mets are "putting the final touches" on plans to
     tear down Shea Stadium and replace it with a recreation of
     the Brooklyn Dodgers' old Ebbets Field, according to Lathem &
     Hardt of the N.Y. POST.  Team President Fred Wilpon has been
     "quietly putting together" the package for the new 40,000-
     seat retractable roof stadium, which will be built in
     Flushing, on the site of what is now a parking lot for Shea,
     and "is expected" to open in April 2001.  Plans call for the
     park to have a lowered right-field wall and pedestrian
     concourse, and "intimate" seating.  The team is also "giving
     serious thought" to naming the new park after the Dodgers'
     Jackie Robinson.  Original cost estimates put the park at
     $450M, including $300M for construction and $150M for "road,
     subway and parking improvements," however, Mets officials
     "hint" that the cost "could be higher" (N.Y. POST, 10/27).
            
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