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TO DOME OR NOT TO DOME? IN DENVER, THAT IS THE QUESTION

          A retractable dome on a new Broncos stadium "would add
     between" $66M and $145M to the cost of the facility, "but
     could add more than" $19M a year to Denver's economy "by
     attracting more events," according to Peggy Lowe of the
     DENVER POST.  Those numbers are from a "stadium issue paper"
     done by the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce.   A
     retractable dome was part of a State Senate-approved bill,
     which, if approved by the House, would be on the November 3
     ballot.  However, Senator Elsie Lacy, the bill's Senate
     sponsor, "has said she will attempt to separate the dome
     issue onto a separate ballot" from the stadium.  CO Gov. Roy
     Romer said that he "is opposed to the dome."  The Chamber's
     study showed a retractable roof facility could host events
     that included the Super Bowl, the Men's Final Four and the
     Big 12 Championship (Peggy Lowe, DENVER POST, 3/7).  

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