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The Univ. of Houston hopes to raise $75-80M for a new football stadium
In Houston, Sam Khan Jr. notes the Univ. of Houston since last fall “has been busy trying to raise the funds needed for construction” of a new football stadium and renovation of Hofheinz Pavilion. UH AD Mack Rhoades said, "Right now we're at the $40 million mark." Rhoades said that the “goal, depending on the scope of the project, is to raise” $75-80M for the football stadium (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 3/2).

GIVING THE GREEN LIGHT: Ramsey County (Minn.) officials said that they are “serious about bringing a Vikings stadium to Arden Hills and hope to have a concrete deal complete within the next week and a half.” Minnesota state lawmakers said that “plans are on schedule and a bill should be out soon.” Ramsey County Commissioners said that “they are ready to make a deal” with Vikings officials (MYFOXTWINCITIES.com, 3/1).

THIS MONEY’S NOT FOR YOU: In San Diego, Roger Showley noted the San Diego City Council on Monday “approved $4.1 billion in redevelopment projects.” The list of projects expected to receive the money "does not include the proposed $800 million Chargers stadium in East Village," but the council did "earmark $150 million for acquiring the city block at 14th and K where the stadium might go and cleaning up toxic wastes left from its current use as the city bus yard" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 3/1).

TICKET TROUBLE: In Denver, Chris Dempsey reports Ticketmaster and the NCAA are "working to fix a problem with approximately 4,000" all-session tickets to the second and third rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center. The tickets were "printed by Ticketmaster without session numbers on them,” and fans who bought tickets for the three sessions “couldn't tell which was for which day” (DENVER POST, 3/2).
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