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FACILITY NOTES

          In Ft. Worth, Sean Wood reports that MLB Rangers
     officials are "considering" additional amenities next year
     at The Ballpark in Arlington including an interactive-games
     area, a Wiffle Ball park, picnic tables and a playground for
     the "planned" FunZone at Vandergriff Plaza and the
     concourses.  Wood writes that these types of amenities "give
     [MLB] teams a new source of revenue from the price people
     pay to play and sponsorships."  Rangers VP/Marketing Jeff
     Cogen: "There's no reason why it can't be branded.  And from
     a marketing standpoint, it gives us something else to sell
     as the experience" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 12/2)....A
     proposed minor league baseball stadium for a short-season
     Single A team in Staten Island is now estimated to cost
     $75.55M, up from the original $20M estimate.  City Council
     member John Sabini (D-Queens):  "At this price, we should be
     getting a lot better product than a short-season, single-A
     baseball team.  I'd venture to say there isn't a minor
     league stadium at this cost anywhere in America" (N.Y. POST,
     12/2)....MD Stadium Authority Exec Dir Bruce Hoffman, on the
     planned demolition of Memorial Stadium in Baltimore:
     "There's probably money to be made on the seats.  I don't
     know what else is up there."  Babe Ruth Museum Exec Dir Mike
     Gibbons said that the museum "hopes to act as the curator
     and to acquire artifacts for its collection" from Memorial
     Stadium (Baltimore SUN, 12/1).

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