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Greg Martin and Tom Heaney, who are trying to recreate Ebbets Field in downtown Hartford, had architectural drawings done by FL-based architects Lescher & Mahoney. The stadium is projected to cost $15-25M, and once financed, Martin and Heaney "are ready" to buy an independent minor league team (HARTFORD COURANT, 6/2)....In Ft. Worth, a STAR- TELEGRAM editorial says that the work done at Texas Motor Speedway in just eight weeks "is staggering." The entire course of the track has been "redesigned, demolished, rebuilt and resurfaced at a cost somewhere between" $2-3M, "all in an effort to make it the best racing ground possible for NASCAR's top Winston Cup drivers. If this doesn't do it, we don't know what will" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 6/2).
During a news conference announcing his plans to play another year, Broncos QB John Elway said that he "will support" the team's campaign for a new stadium, according to Schefter & Lowe of the DENVER POST. But Elway added that he decided to play to be "competitive on the football field, not on the campaign trail." Elway: "I think [Broncos Owner Pat] Bowlen and the Broncos deserve a new stadium. I've said that all along. ... But that's not why I came back." Voters will go to the polls in November, and Bowlen said he was unsure what impact Elway's return would have on the stadium vote: "If we're winning and John is playing, it probably has some impact [on the stadium campaign]. I don't know how much; I'm not that smart" (DENVER POST, 6/2).