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  • A NEW DAY IN TAMPA BAY: RAYMOND JAMES SET TO OPEN ON SUNDAY

              Raymond James Stadium in Tampa will officially open on
         Sunday as the Bucs host the Bears.  But in Tampa, Pugliese &
         Smith report that many fans had not received their season
         tickets for the new facility, which "prompted a flood of
         telephone calls" to the team.  Other "concerned season-
         ticket holders stormed the team's headquarters."  Ken
         Goodwin, a season-ticket holder since '76: "It just really
         aggravates me these people have the audacity to take our
         money since 1995 -- with interest -- and wait until the last
         minute to send us our tickets."  The Bucs, "who declined
         comment, remain optimistic that people will have their
         season tickets by today" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 9/18).  Today's ST.
         PETE TIMES provides a special section on the new facility
         titled, "Raymond James Stadium: Dropping Anchor."  The
         section examines the stadium's construction, the field, and
         the luxury and club seating (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 9/18).
    
    

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  • D-DAY ON 49ERS STADIUM? IS DEBARTOLO A COOPERATING WITNESS?

              S.F. Mayor Willie Brown will meet with 49ers interim
         President Larry Thrailkill and NFL Commissioner Paul
         Tagliabue today about the status of the team's stadium
         complex.  Brown, on the team's new leadership: "I'd be more
         comfortable if there was somebody whom I'm familiar with. 
         Eddie DeBartolo would never not return my call.  He would
         never hold a press conference before talking to me" (S.F.
         EXAMINER, 9/17).  Meanwhile, defense attorneys in LA
         "speculated" that 49ers co-Owner Eddie DeBartolo "may have
         become a cooperating witness" in their case against former
         LA Gov. Edwin Edwards and son Stephen.  Edwin Edwards said,
         "I've been hearing since yesterday rumors that DeBartolo
         would not be indicted" (DETROIT NEWS, 9/18).
    
    

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  • FACILITY NOTES

              NHL Panthers fans will get their "first look" at the
         National Car Rental Center on Saturday when the arena is
         "unmasked" for Sneak Peak/HockeyFest '98.  About 35,000
         people "are expected" to attend the event which will feature
         skydiving Elvis impersonators, marching bands and a
         fireworks display (MIAMI HERALD, 9/18)....In Detroit, David
         Josar reports that Wayne County officials have "cleared the
         way for construction of the Lions' stadium" after the
         approval of two "complex" 35-year leases between the county
         and the Detroit/Wayne County Stadium Authority, and the
         county and the Downtown Development Authority.  No
         construction date has been set (DETROIT NEWS, 9/18).
    
    

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  • HOME IMPROVEMENT: PORTLAND READY TO LURE TEAMS TO STADIUM

              Portland (OR) Mayor Vera Katz, calling 72-year-old
         Civic Stadium "an opportunity waiting to happen," is leading
         a group of civic officials "in spelling out a plan to find a
         private-sector investor to operate" the city-owned facility,
         according to Ken Wheeler of the Portland OREGONIAN.  City
         and Metro Exposition-Recreation Commission officials have
         "suggested" that an investor -- or investors -- could be
         "selected" by May with planning starting then.  So far,
         three local groups have shown interest "in participating in
         renovation of the stadium and securing additional tenants
         for the facility."  Katz said she has "spoken" to team
         officials of the Padres, Expos, Tigers, A's and Twins and a
         "senior official" with MLS "to make them aware of the city's
         intentions."  Katz: "Portland is on their list, but I can't
         tell you if it is high up or at the bottom of the list." 
         March 1 is the target date for a decision (OREGONIAN, 9/17).
    
    

    Print | Tags: Detroit Tigers, Facilities, Minnesota Twins, MLS, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres
  • PACERS PLAZA: COMMERCIAL PROJECT PLANNED FOR FIELDHOUSE

              The Pacers will include a "three-pronged commercial
         project" in the northwest corner of Conseco Fieldhouse,
         "with plans to promote the site as a destination even on
         nights when there are no events at the arena," according to
         Sean Horgan of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR-NEWS.  Pacers Assistant
         GM David Kahn said that the team is in the "final planning
         stages for the project," which will include an upgraded team
         store, an interactive-games area and a casual-dining
         restaurant.  The project will occupy "about" 9,000 square-
         feet over two levels of the Fieldhouse (STAR-NEWS, 9/17).
    
    

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  • WILL VAUGHN'S OUTBURST HURT THE PADRES' AT THE BALLOT BOX?

              Following the Padres' 6-3 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday
         night, in which Padres fans cheered for Sammy Sosa after his
         grand slam (and MLB record-tying HR No. 63) gave the Cubs
         the lead, Padres OF Greg Vaughn said, "Sammy Sosa's a good
         friend of mine and he's had a great year.  But what the
         (bleep) is going on?  We're trying to do something for this
         city and the (bleep) fans are rooting for this guy to beat
         us. ... Everyone in this clubhouse feels like we have our
         road uniforms on.  Are we the enemy? ... This is just
         (bleep) and you can tell the fans that" (Bill Center, S.D.
         UNION-TRIBUNE, 9/17). In S.D., Braun & LaVelle write that
         attorney Michael Aguirre, a co-Chair of the Proposition C
         ballpark campaign, "called the Padres to register his
         concern" about Vaughn's remarks, saying that "a few poorly
         chosen words would haunt the ballpark measure," which will
         be voted on in November.  Aguirre asked a team official:
         "Can we have a big meeting with the players and explain to
         them the concept of killing public image?  Because they are
         killing us."  Padres Owner John Moores said that "there
         would be no such meeting," and that the "only apology would
         be from the front office to the players -- for using the
         scoreboard and fireworks to congratulate Sosa."  Moores
         "went on to blame his own organization for the
         'inappropriate' fireworks."  Moores: "When Sosa hit it, I
         thought I was going to throw up, and then the fireworks went
         off and it pissed me off" (S.D. UNION-TRIBUNE, 9/18).  
    
    

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