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  • MCI CENTER SETS FOR THE NEW LOOK OF MARCH MADNESS

              In DC, Thomas Heath examines the changes made at MCI
         Center in preparation for the men's NCAA East Regional games
         which begin tomorrow.  No beer will be served and all DC
         Lottery machines and signs will be covered "to prevent
         reference to gambling."  Ads for tobacco and alcoholic
         beverages will also be covered, and the lights on some
         corporate signs inside the arena bowl will be turned off,
         "so non-NCAA sponsors can't piggyback on the games."  The
         usual basketball court was replaced with the old Bullets
         court from USAir Arena, and was repainted with the name of
         site host George Mason as well as the NCAA, MCI and city of
         Washington names.  Heath adds that since the NCAA allows
         only its championship merchandise to be sold at tournament
         events, patrons will not be allowed to enter the Modell's
         Sporting Goods store at MCI Center through the first floor
         concourse (Thomas Heath, WASHINGTON POST, 3/11).
              SLEEPING ROOM ONLY: In San Antonio, Travis Poling
         reports that in response to the NCAA Final Four Weekend,
         March 28-30, area hotels "from downtown to the edge of the
         city ... are sending callers to lodging as far away as
         Kerrville and Austin."  Poling adds that "leftover downtown
         rooms are going for $200 a night and up"(EXPRESS-NEWS,3/11).
    
    

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