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FACILITY NOTES

          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).

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