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The Cincinnati City Council approved a deal with Hamilton County, OH, on Sunday on a Bengals stadium, "about 75 minutes after county commissioners passed the agreement," according to Goldberg, Hobson & May of the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER. The deal requires the city to transfer 12.5 acres of city-controlled land the county needs for stadium construction (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 2/1). Lucy May reported that county and team officials are still working to set a "guaranteed maximum price" for the facility. In the meantime, demolition of the site will continue in stages, with a large portion cleared by March (ENQUIRER, 1/31).
Union workers at Ottawa's Corel Centre are threatening to "shut the place down" if their demands for wage increases are not met. The Senators play at home tonight and again on Thursday (OTTAWA SUN, 2/2)....S.F. Mayor Willie Brown said that the 49ers stadium-mall complex will "continue to proceed as if nothing's changed." Brown: "The voters authorized us to do a deal for a stadium and mall and I plan to follow through with that." In S.F., Gregory Lewis reported that "a 550-acre chunk of Brisbane, quietly eyed a year ago for a new 49ers stadium, is getting a second look as an alternative" (Gregory Lewis, S.F. EXAMINER, 2/1).
Following the release of the Padres Task Force on Ballpark Planning's report recommending the Centre City East downtown site for a new Padres ballpark, Owner John Moores said he is ending negotiations in Chula Vista and "wedding the club's fate to Centre City East," according to Bloom & Monteagudo of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. The task force also recommended the creation of a "ballpark district," a concept Moores "endorsed," estimated to cost "between" $200- $250M. The S.D. City Council "is expected to take the task force recommendations, plus the results of negotiations between the city and the Padres, and craft an initiative for the ballot, "probably for November" (UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/30). REAX: Regarding the Centre City East site, UNION- TRIBUNE columnist Nick Canepa wrote, "Vote for it and build it," while an editorial said that the site recommendation "has considerable appeal" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/30).