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  • FACILITY NOTES

              The Maryland Stadium Authority "is confident there will
         be more parking than ever available" at Camden Yards, by
         securing more than 6,000 spots for Ravens games and 5,300
         for Orioles games (Baltimore SUN, 2/19)....NYC Mayor Rudy
         Giuliani "vowed to keep the Mets and Yankees" in NYC with
         new stadiums, "as a deal for a new Mets ballpark appeared to
         be on the fast track" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/19)....The first
         scratch lottery game aimed at helping finance a new Seahawks
         stadium hits stores this week in WA.  The "Sports Bonanza"
         tickets cost $2 each.  Lottery games are expected to provide
         $6M a year for the stadium project, or $127M (corrected for
         inflation) over 23 years (SEATTLE TIMES, 2/19)....
         Southwestern Bell is polling Oklahoma City residents about
         their reaction to their naming Southwestern Bell Park, home
         of the AAA OK RedHawks.  The name announcement in January
         drew widespread criticism from the public (OKLAHOMAN, 2/18).
    
    

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  • THE BIG JACK UNDERGOING CHANGES AFTER ITS INAUGURAL SEASON

              Jack Kent Cooke Stadium will undergo renovations
         "costing several million dollars" to be completed before the
         '98 NFL season, according to Solomon & Heath of the
         WASHINGTON POST.  Redskins President John Kent Cooke said
         that "the additions would be privately financed" and that
         "there would be no increase in ticket prices for the
         upcoming season."  The planned changes include "enclosing
         with glass the concourses surrounding the two levels of
         executive suites, plus the club level, and creating a new
         enclosed lobby."  The four stadium restaurants will also be
         "upgraded."  By the end of the '97 season, 3,000 of the
         15,000 stadium club seats were unsold, and "about 15" of the
         208 luxury boxes also were unsold (WASHINGTON POST, 2/19). 
    
    

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  • TWIN KILLINGS IN MN? WILL BALLPARK EFFECT WILD TIMES AHEAD?

              MN State Rep. Loren Jennings, the chief sponsor of a
         new Twins ballpark bill in the MN House, "withdrew his
         request" for a hearing on the proposal Wednesday, a move
         that he said ends the long-odds attempt to approve a
         financing bill this session," according to Robert Whereatt
         of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.  Jennings said the votes
         "aren't there" for a ballpark measure (STAR TRIBUNE, 2/19). 
         State Sen. Roy Terwilliger, a co-sponsor of the bill, said
         it's "up to" the Twins and MLB "to find a way to keep
         baseball in Minnesota" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 2/19).
              WHAT ABOUT BUD? MLB Acting Commissioner Bud Selig was
         in Charlotte for a Regional Sports Commission dinner and
         said he is "deeply troubled" by the Twins' situation. 
         Selig: "I'm very concerned" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 2/19).
              WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: MN State Senate Majority Leader
         Roger Moe, a ballpark supporter, said that failure of the
         project "significantly reduces the chances of the city's
         hockey arena being included in this year's capital
         improvements bill" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 2/19).
    
    

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  • WENDY'S SAYS NO TO "VOTE YES FOR BASEBALL" CAMPAIGN IN NC

              The management of 30 Wendy's NC restaurants decided "to
         withdraw their participation in the newly-launched campaign"
         for an MLB stadium tax in the Triad, according to Justin
         Catanoso of the Greensboro NEWS & RECORD.  Wendy's was one
         of three fast-food chains to agree to be in the "Vote Yes
         for Baseball" campaign, but announced that it is opting out
         of the initiative.  Wendy's Greensboro Dir of Marketing John
         Dainotto: "Wendy's is not pro tax.  We believe that's an
         issue that's got to be resolved by the voters. ... We're not
         in favor of promoting the Triad stadium movement."  Wendy's
         management "initially agreed to provide what it hoped would
         be neutral information" about the tax proposal, provided by
         the "Vote Yes" campaign, but Dainotto said that Wendy's
         "didn't want its customers to think the restaurant was
         supporting the tax" (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 2/18).
    
    

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