SBD/27/Facilities Venues

FACILITY NOTES

          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).

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