SBD/9/Facilities Venues


          In Boston, columnist Mike Barnicle writes that while
     Fenway Park "is a wonderful envelope of memories, and while
     nostalgia can be a nice emotion, the park itself is on life
     support.  And it's time to pull the plug" (BOSTON GLOBE,
     4/9)....The MN Senate Tax Committee yesterday "narrowly
     passed a ballpark funding bill."  Under the bill, a $284M
     open-air stadium would be built using customer and team user
     fees, with state money tapped only to back up the finance
     plan.  In Minneapolis, Jay Weiner reports that "despite its
     revival, the stadium bill appears to be a long shot" (STAR
     TRIBUNE, 4/9).  ESPN's Peter Gammons said last night the
     Twins situation "is a mess.  Minnesota is not going to build
     Carl Pohlad a ballpark ... To make things worse, the
     [Greensboro, NC] triad area is considered too small for a
     major-league market.  But the Executive Council says there
     may be an out.  They say NationsBank will finance a downtown
     stadium in Charlotte if the Twins will consider moving
     there" ("SportsCenter," 4/8)....The NHL Panthers' new arena
     in Sunrise has "at least 100 dates booked during the year
     after the facility opens."  Panthers Exec VP Dean Jordan
     said that 69 of the arena's 70 luxury suites have been sold,
     selling for $70,000 to $120,000 apiece (SUN-SENTINEL, 4/9).

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