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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).

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