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Published January 30, 1998
The Thomas & Mack Center and Sam Boyd Stadium were awarded a $5M grant for renovation and improvement projects. The grant, which will be contingent upon an extended agreement with the National Finals Rodeo, earmarks $3M for the construction of a tunnel at the Thomas & Mack Center and $2M to reconfigure and expand Sam Boyd Stadium to 40,000 seats (THE DAILY). The National Finals Rodeo contract runs through 2000, but Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority officials "are looking" for a 10-year extension (LAS VEGAS SUN, 1/28)....The Bears are considering several new stadium sites but a downtown location is "very unlikely." In Chicago, Mike Mulligan reports that there is no timetable on a new stadium, "and it's unlikely one will be announced in the foreseeable future." Bears Owner Michael McCaskey added "there's no truth to a rumor that Ameritech has already signed" a $75M naming rights deal (SUN-TIMES, 1/30).