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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).
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).
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).
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).