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YANKEE STADIUM, PART II: WILL INCIDENT LEAD TO NEW NYC PARK?

          NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani "hopes" the incident at
     Yankee Stadium "will boost efforts to build new ballparks
     for both the Yankees and the Mets," according to Robert
     Hardt of the N.Y. POST.  Giuliani "reiterated his call for a
     new stadium" for the Yankees on Manhattan's West Side (N.Y.
     POST, 4/15).  Giuliani also said that new ballparks in NYC
     "will mean substantial revenues for the city that will more
     than offset whatever the negotiated price turns out to be. 
     It will mean a lot more jobs for the city."  But Smith
     College Professor Andrew Zimbalist said, "People shouldn't
     be running to finance a new stadium just because one beam
     fell" (N.Y. POST, 4/15).  Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
     observed the damage on Tuesday and said of the inspection
     process: "[W]e'll be absolutely sure it's safe for fans to
     come back" (Bill Chastain, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 4/15). 
          REAX: In N.Y., George Vecsey: "Steinbrenner now has
     every right -- he would even say the responsibility -- to
     search for a safe home for his club and his fans" (N.Y.
     TIMES, 4/15).  A N.Y. POST editorial says, "[I]t's now
     inarguable that the 75-year-old stadium must be replaced"
     (N.Y. POST, 4/15).  A NEWSDAY editorial says a ballpark in
     Manhattan is "plainly the best" option and adds, "It's time
     to get on with this job" (NEWSDAY, 4/15).  On L.I., Shaun
     Powell says a new park should be built, "Just make sure the
     taxpayers aren't stuck with the bill" (NEWSDAY, 4/15).
          THE FANS SPEAK: A poll by Quinnipiac College of 922
     registered NYC voters taken from April 1-6, before the
     stadium incident, showed that among those surveyed, 81% want
     to keep the Yankees in the Bronx.  Among Yankees fans, 91%
     support keeping the team in Yankee Stadium (Quinnipiac).
          
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