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Published November 10, 1997
The Ohio State Univ. Board of Trustees approved a $150M renovation plan for the university's stadium. The renovated stadium will have about 98,000 seats, including spots for 3,000 wheelchair users. It will be paid for by proceeds generated from the stadium, including the sale of leases for 76 new luxury suites (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 11/8)....The $102M- renovated Oakland Coliseum Arena opened Saturday as a sellout crowd of 19,283 attended the T-Wolves-Warriors game. In San Jose, columnist Bud Geracie, on the renovated arena: "There's not a bad seat in the house, just a bad team" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 11/9)....In L.A., California Planning and Development Report Editor William Fulton wrote a commentary urban benefits of the L.A. Coliseum: "All the things that drive the NFL crazy about the Coliseum are all the things that make it a great place for a football stadium. ... The NFL notwithstanding ... it is possible to use football to create the same kind of intimate urban experience that baseball is thriving on these days. In fact, football is still used this way all over the country"(L.A. TIMES, 11/9).