Kentucky Adding Ribbon Boards At Rupp Facility Notes Oakland Stadium Efforts "Going Backward" Blue Bell Name Not Coming Off A&M Ballpark Land Transaction For NFL Stadium In Carson Closes Soldier Field Upgrades Include New HD Boards Verizon Insists DC Naming-Rights Deal Isn't Over Study Details Costs For HOF Village Personalized Bricks Near Wrigley Tossed St. Paul Saints' New Ballpark Set To Open
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Published March 27, 1998
The new 72,000-seat Browns stadium is "about" $14.8M over budget, and could reach $23.5M by the time the stadium opens in '99 (Karl Turner, Cleveland PLAIN-DEALER, 3/27).... Disney Wide World of Sports VP Reggie Williams is profiled by Javier Solano of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. Williams, on the complex: "People are here to be entertained. And because of our sports authenticity, the script changes weekly of what is being offered here. One of our top goals in Year Two is to continue to build bridges into the Central Florida community" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 3/27)....Devil Rays Owner Vince Naimoli on Tropicana Field: "You'd be amazed at how much progress we've made." Rays VP of Stadium Operations Rick Nafe: "I think we're in very good shape for baseball" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 3/27)....Pro Player Stadium has upped parking from $5 to $7 at Marlins games this season (SUN- SENTINEL, 3/27)....In MN, Robert Whereatt writes that MN Governor Arne Carlson "scrambled key staff members Thursday, ordering them to explore alternative financing plans for a new hockey arena in St. Paul" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 3/27). The AP's Bill Wareham wrote that even if St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman secures money to build a new hockey arena, "a victory in the battle may cost him the war in the gubernatorial campaign" (AP/STAR TRIBUNE, 3/27).