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PLAN C? ROONEY MAY LOOK ELSEWHERE IF STADIUM COSTS RISE
Published June 4, 1998
Steelers President Dan Rooney "charged yesterday that city and county officials are trying to force his franchise to assume too much of the financial burden for Plan B," according to Ed Bouchette of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. Rooney, who contends that rising stadium costs would make it difficult to improve the Steelers' financial situation relative to other NFL teams, said that if talks aimed a new North Shore football stadium aren't settled by June 30, "other options will be explored." Rooney "complained" that while the Steelers have pledged at least $15M more to Plan B that the Pirates, $50M to $35M, officials "want still more from them." Rooney: "We will help, but we're not going to carry water for everybody." County Commissioner Bob Cranmer "restated" his position that the Steelers "must increase their investment in the proposed football stadium." Bouchette reports that if the Plan B deadline is missed, the team "may look at nearby counties that might be interested in building a football stadium" (POST-GAZETTE, 6/4).