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  • AMERICA WEST TO UNDERGO RENOVATION DESPITE COYOTES THREATS

              The city of Phoenix unveiled a plan to give America
         West Arena a $12M upgrade, making it "one of the biggest
         hockey arenas in the NHL," although the Coyotes may still
         relocate to Scottsdale, according to Chris Fiscus of the
         ARIZONA REPUBLIC.  The renovation, which could be completed
         "by the end of summer 2000," would give the arena 17,500
         seats with "clear views for hockey and arena football."  In
         addition to the remaining 2,500 "or so 'obstructed-view'"
         seats, America West's capacity would increase to over
         20,000.  The arena currently holds 16,210 for hockey --
         though less than 12,000 offer unobstructed views -- and
         19,023 for basketball, seating that would "remain
         essentially the same."  Also, the Coyotes would receive
         access to all suites for their home games beginning in the
         2000-01 season.  Seven existing suites are currently
         unavailable to the team.  Phoenix Mayor Skip Rimsza said
         that the $12M could be paid from existing arena funds,
         although the use of those funds and the renovation plan must
         still be approved by the Phoenix City Council.  City
         officials said the city would still go through with the
         renovations despite the Coyotes' insistence on relocating to
         a new facility in Scottsdale (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 3/12).
    
    

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  • ARE YOU GONNA GO MY WAY? DEVILS EYE HOBOKEN ON THEIR OWN

              A day after the Nets unveiled their plans to build a
         sports and entertainment complex in Newark, Devils Owner
         John McMullen gave NJ Gov. Christie Whitman his proposal for
         "the same kind" of complex at an historic train terminal in
         Hoboken, according to Doug Most of the Bergen RECORD. 
         However, the Whitman administration responded by sending
         letters to both teams "saying their proposals were
         inadequate and asking for more details to help officials
         make a decision."  McMullen is pushing for a $350M "Hoboken
         Station" that would be "anchored" by an 18,500-seat arena
         and "complemented" by retail stores, restaurants and a movie
         theater.  The arena would include 100 luxury boxes, 3,000
         club seats, theme restaurants and team shops.  The Devils'
         plan "relies on less public money than the Nets' plan," and
         both come days before the NJ Sports & Exposition Authority
         is to release a state-ordered five-month study on the future
         of the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford.  But
         Whitman spokesperson Pete McDonough stressed one sports
         complex: "I think the state will be expressing to the teams
         that a dual-sports arena is the only thing that makes sense
         to us right now.  We will need to convince the teams to
         stick together in one of three locations" (RECORD, 3/12). 
         McMullen will finance $200M of his project, with only $30M
         coming in public funds (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 3/12).
    
    

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  • FACILITY NOTES

              The parent company of England's Wembley Stadium voted
         to sell the facility to the English National Stadium
         Development Company for $171M.  SFX and British sports
         entertainment group Enic had also been trying to buy the
         stadium (FINANCIAL TIMES, 3/12)....In Atlanta, Henry Unger
         notes in a progress report on Philips Arena that about half
         of the 1,800 club seat season-tickets at the arena have been
         sold for either $8,000 or $9,500 each (CONSTITUTION, 3/12).
    
    

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  • ISC PLAYS ITS TRUMP CARD: TWO TO JOIN ON LONG ISLAND TRACK?

              Donald Trump and ISC have "agreed to explore" building
         a NASCAR race track on Long Island, according to Rick
         Westhead of BLOOMBERG NEWS.  The agreement will be announced
         at a press conference today.  Yesterday, shares in ISC rose
         2 5/16 to a "record" 48 1/2 in trading of 184,000, "more
         than twice their three-month daily average of about 66,000"
         (BLOOMBERG, 3/11).  Trump recently bid $55M for a site on
         Long Island,where he has proposed building a NASCAR
         speedway.  Trump had been asked by local officials to "show
         that he had a track partner before the town would begin
         negotiations to sell the 2,900-acre site" (NEWSDAY, 3/12).
    
    

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