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SELLING OUT? UNC, NC STATE TAKE HEAT FOR CHARLOTTE GAME

          The NC State-UNC football game, "in a break from
     tradition that surprised many," will be played Saturday at
     Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte and earn each school $1M,
     according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER. 
     Officials from both schools "have stressed the game will
     provide additional exposure for their football programs in
     the western part of the state while creating a festive, bowl-
     like atmosphere."  Charlotte Regional Sports Commission Exec
     Dir Chip Mark said Monday that 71,000 of the 73,250 tickets
     had been sold, including almost all of the $8 student
     tickets, and attendance is expected to set a record for a
     college football game in the state.  The Charlotte Convention
     and Visitors Bureau "estimates" that the game could generate
     "more than" $2M for the local economy based on financial
     figures from Panthers games.  Next year's game in Charlotte,
     will be televised by ESPN, is expected to "pump" more money
     into the economy as more fans "line up hotel stays."  But the
     Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau "has pegged"
     next year's potential loss at "about" $1.3M for what was
     scheduled to be NC State's home game against UNC.  The Wake
     County Commissioners have sent a letter to the chancellors of
     the two universities "expressing concern about the precedent
     established in moving games" (NEWS & OBSERVER, 11/24).

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