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              Tailgating and ticket-scalping will not be allowed at
         the National Car Rental Center, the NHL Panthers' new arena
         (SUN-SENTINEL, 9/17).  In Miami, Julie Kay reported that
         while tailgating violates Sunrise city codes, the
         "unofficial reason" for not allowing tailgating is because
         the team "want fans to buy food inside the arena" (MIAMI
         HERALD, 9/16)....In Charlotte, Tony Mecia reported the New
         Arena Committee, a citizen's committee evaluating a possible
         new Hornets arena, proposed a two-day November trip to visit
         new arenas in DC, Philadelphia and Cleveland -- using the
         Hornets' private plane.  Mecia wrote that some City Council
         members say "they're troubled by the possible involvement of
         the Hornets in a citizen-driven process that could benefit
         the team financially."  The cost of the trip is estimated at
         $17,000 to $20,000 (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/16). 

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              Fans attending Mariners' games at the new Safeco Field
         next season will "be surrounded by information" due to a
         "huge new-technology" video scoreboard in centerfield and an
         "even larger" matrix scoreboard next to it, according to Bob
         Sherwin of the SEATTLE TIMES.  Ten other electronic boards
         throughout the stadium will show fans video highlights,
         graphic presentations of player information, out-of-town
         scores and highlights and pitch selection and speed. 
         Daktronics Inc., which will install the $7.7M system, has
         scoreboards at 13 other MLB parks, but none with this type
         of "integrated video and information system."  The 26-by-46-
         foot video screen above centerfield will be 32% larger than
         the Kingdome's and will "be powered by 80,000 watts through
         light-emitting diodes" and include shades of blue and green
         that will "allow the video to show more than 1.7 million
         shades of color."  Daktronics CEO Al Kurtenbach: "[It will
         be] better than your typical TV set and formatted to accept
         the high-resolution TV when that technology is perfected in
         two or three years."  The entire scoreboard will be 56' high
         and 190' wide, with most of it being "covered with
         advertising" (Bob Sherwin, SEATTLE TIMES, 9/16).        

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