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John Elway will reportedly return to the Broncos for one more season, and in Denver, Susan Greene writes that stadium boosters said his return "should hike support for a tax to pay for a new Broncos stadium (DENVER POST, 6/1). But John Ensslin reports that pollster Paul Talmey predicted "no gain for either side on the field of public opinion." The Bonham Group CEO Dean Bonham said "two of the keys" to the stadium debate are getting Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen "out of the picture and Elway in" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 6/1)... ...The Packers have selected MO-based Ellerbe Becket to renovate Lambeau Field, with initial work set to begin in early '99 and the project set to be done within about five years (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 5/30).
The Bucs will use a computer to assign seats for season-ticket holders in their new stadium, according to Ernest Hooper of the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES. Bucs VP/Marketing & Communications Rick McNerney said that the decision was made because of ongoing construction at the stadium. The computer will rank season-ticket holders "based on established priorities: how long they've been a season-ticket holder and when they committed to the seat- charter program." Season-ticket holders who made charter- seat deposits on or before October 25, 1995, "will have the highest priority." The computer will allocate seats in mid- June after all of the seats have been installed and the manifest is established. Hooper noted that the Bucs' season-ticket applications "did not allow fans to specify preferences for the section they chose," which could lead to "some disappointed fans at the home opener" on September 20. The Ravens used a similar computer seating plan for Memorial Stadium two years ago (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 5/30).