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Published March 31, 1998
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).