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The DETROIT NEWS releases a survey of lawsuits against the area's public facilities today, showing that the greatest number of suits filed in Metro Detroit since '90 were against The Palace with 51; Joe Louis Arena received 34, the Silverdome 15 and Tiger Stadium 9 (DETROIT NEWS, 1/29). ....IMS and Walt Disney World, co-Owners of the Walt Disney World Speedway, said they have no plans to bring any more races to the speedway. IMS Dir of Strategic Events Lee Gardner: "We're happy with the number of events we have going on" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 1/26).
After "months of consideration," the Padres Task Force on Ballpark Planning has designated Centre City East in downtown San Diego as "the prime site for a new baseball- only stadium," according to Barry Bloom of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. The committee's report is "expected to be approved by the 18-member citizens task force today." The report "does not go into detail" about how to pay for the park, but recommends that no new sales or property tax money is used. Padres President Larry Lucchino called the site selection a "giant step forward" in the process, and that the team is now "committed to building a ballpark on the Centre City East site" (Barry Bloom, UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/29).
Toronto councillor Dennis Fotinos said that he and "a growing number of his colleagues believe" the Maple Leafs "do not intend to go through with their plans to build an arena at Exhibition Place," according to David Shoalts of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. Fotinos called the site "a bargaining tool" for the Leafs to become partners with the Raptors at Air Canada Centre. Leafs VP Tom Anselmi, who heads the arena project: "This is the site we want to build on." Due-diligence ends February 28 (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/29).