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          Comcast-Spectacor's "philosophy" behind its Flyers
     Skate Zone venture, which features rink development in a
     region that is "far from hockey's heartland," is to create
     "hockey fever," according to Christopher Hepp of the
     PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER.  In August, Comcast-Spectacor bought
     the Twin Rinks facility in Pennsauken, NJ, for $4.6M and
     spent another $400,000 to renovate it.  They have since
     built a rink in Atlantic City, are "finishing a third" in
     Voorhees, NJ, and are "negotiating to build rinks" in
     Northeast Philadelphia and York, PA.  The company will
     "continue to look for opportunities to expand throughout the
     Flyers' market, which is defined as everything within a 75-
     mile radius of the First Union Center."  Currently, there
     are 42 rinks in that region, but Comcast-Spectacor VP/Rink
     Development and Management Pat Ferrill "thinks that there is
     room for a lot more."  Ferrill: "We want to grow the sport. 
     We think there are plenty of opportunities for us without
     competing with other rinks."  At the Twin Rinks facility,
     Ferrill noted, "There were between 200,000 and 300,000
     visits last year.  We want that number to be between 600,000
     and 900,000" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 2/1).

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