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Published April 9, 1998
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).