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FACILITY NOTES

          MLB FACILITY NOTES: NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani said that
     there "is no deadline" for Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
     to make a decision on a location for a new ballpark.  He
     added that the city "would be agreeable" to a lease
     extension if the Yankees needed more time to make their
     decision (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/31)....The Devil Rays have
     teamed with Tulsa-based Williams ChoiceSeat to provide
     nearly 200 ChoiceSeat units to be installed at Tropicana
     Field.  One-hundred of the units will be located in seats
     behind home plate, with others placed in the stadium's
     300,000 square foot mall-like addition known as Center Field
     Street (Williams ChoiceSeat)....The Richard E. Jacobs Group
     plans to build a 14-story, $29M Courtyard by Marriott next
     to  Jacobs Field.  The Indians and the Cavs paid $2.5M to
     Gateway for the parcel (CRAIN'S CLEVELAND, 3/23 issue).
          HOME OF THE WILD: MN state and city officials are
     "considering" a plan which would reduce the cost to the
     state of a St. Paul hockey arena for the Wild and increase
     it for the city.  Under the latest plan, St. Paul would
     cover up to $95M of the arena cost (Minneapolis STAR
     TRIBUNE, 3/31).  Meanwhile, public records show that MN's
     Human Rights Dept. "tried for a year" to get M.A. Mortenson,
     which is overseeing construction of the new arena, to make a
     "'good faith effort' to hire disadvantaged workers."
     Mortenson's President Thomas McCune has denied that the
     company "discriminated against anyone and said its failure
     to meet the city's goals for unskilled minorities and female
     workers was an anomaly (PIONEER PRESS, 3/31).


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