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STAVRO "COMMITTED" TO EX, SAYS HOCKEY WON'T TAKE BACK SEAT
Published December 2, 1997
Maple Leafs Majority Owner Steve Stavro said that he is "firmly committed" to building a new arena at Exhibition Place on Toronto's waterfront, according to Gail Swainson of the TORONTO STAR. Stavro, speaking to Metro Toronto's financial priorities committee, said the team is "focusing exclusively" on the site. Swainson writes that "[w]ith his unequivocal statements, Stavro ... seemed to finally put to bed" the rumors that his club could still join the Raptors at Air Canada Centre. Stavro told the Metro committee, "I give you my word" that the Leafs "are not engaged in talks" with the Raptors. He added he will only join with the Raptors if the Leafs control the site. Stavro: "Hockey can't be second, it's the number one sport." The committee approved the team's Exhibition Place proposal, which now goes to Metro Council December 10. The committee asked the Leafs for a luxury box to be used by city officials and asked for traffic and public transit studies to determine whether upgrades are required (TORONTO STAR, 12/2).