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              The price of Raleigh's Centennial Arena, future home of
         the Hurricanes and N.C. State Univ., has increased by $20M,
         putting the cost of the arena at $152M, according to Laurie
         Willis of the Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER.  Centennial Authority
         Chair Steve Stroud said the price increase "reflects
         construction delays caused by unusually wet weather that has
         slowed work."  Since the beginning of construction, there
         have been "well over" 60 bad weather work days.  Stroud
         "suggested" that the Authority might ask for more support
         from the city and Wake County. But Raleigh Mayor Tom Fetzer,
         who was already an opponent of the arena, said that he
         "doesn't plan to give another dime" to the project.  Fetzer:
         "Not in this lifetime.  This will be the third time they've
         gone to that well" (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 6/5).  

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              In Toronto, Nicolaas van Rijn reports that the Air
         Canada Centre is 60% "complete and on schedule -- eight
         months away from completion and its February, 1999, opening"
         (TORONTO STAR, 6/5)....Over 5,000 people attended the
         ceremony yesterday which renamed Granada Hills [CA] high
         school's football stadium after alumnus John Elway (DENVER
         POST, 6/5)....Philadelphia Attorney William Schwartz has
         filed a class-action lawsuit against Ogden Entertainment,
         concessionaire at the Vet, accusing them of "consumer fraud"
         (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 6/5)....In Dallas, Holly Cain
         reports that the TX Motor Speedway is getting "rave reviews"
         for its revamped oval track after yesterday's practice/
         qualifying session for this weekend's IRL-NASCAR Craftsman
         Truck Series doubleheader (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 6/5).

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              WA-based Safeco Corporation and the Mariners announced
         an agreement to name the team's new ballpark Safeco Field. 
         Mariners President Chuck Armstrong, who said the team spoke
         to over two dozen companies, said the naming rights deal
         calls for $1.8M per year for 20 years, adjusted annually for
         inflation -- about $40M over the full commitment.  The deal
         is subject to approval by the Public Facilities District. 
         The 45,600-seat retractable roof stadium is scheduled to
         open in July '99 (Mariners).  As part of the deal, Safeco
         will get to put its signs at all the major entrances to the
         ballpark, as well as two "prominent locations" inside the
         building.  Safeco is "also expected to participate" in other
         promotions (David Schaefer, SEATTLE TIMES, 6/4).

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              Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner "all but threatened
         last night to leave New York City" unless City Council
         Speaker Peter Vallone "abandoned his push for a referendum
         on whether city money should be used to help build a new
         ballpark," according to Norimitsu Onishi of the N.Y. TIMES. 
         Steinbrenner's remarks came after City Council leaders
         "unveiled their own plan for the city's next budget."  The
         Council and NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani "have been deadlocked
         over the budget" because of Giuliani's refusal to consider
         any changes proposed by the Council unless Vallone
         "abandoned his call for a public vote on the stadium issue." 
         Steinbrenner: "Politics has driven more team from New York
         City than any of us care to remember. ... I do not want to
         move the Yankees from New York, but I must warn: [Vallone]
         is bringing us dangerously close."  Steinbrenner's words
         were "the strongest he has used so far in the subject of the
         team's future home."  Vallone responded to Steinbrenner by
         saying that, "Yankee Stadium is a good debate and everyone
         should have a say in it (N.Y. TIMES, 6/5).  

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