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Volume 24 No. 156

Facilities Venues

     A group of Washington, DC, residents said that they oppose
any efforts by Jack Kent Cooke to revive plans to build a new
stadium for the Redskins near RFK Stadium.  Cooke had intended to
build a stadium in nearby Laurel MD, but last Wednesday a county
officer denied Cooke's plan citing concern over increased traffic
and limited parking.  Concerned Citizens of Kingman Park Chair
Veronica Raglin said that a new stadium in DC would have a
"devastating impact on the neighborhood environmentally."  Among
the environmental problems cited by stadium opponents are
dangerous levels of asbestos in the framework of RFK, serious
levels of possibly toxic lead in the soil around the stadium
site, car exhaust and noise (Matt Neufeld, WASHINGTON TIMES,
10/17).

     The decision to move the Orange Bowl football game to Joe
Robbie Stadium after 1996 has many debating the future of the
Orange Bowl stadium.  One possibility that is gaining support is
demolition.  But others have proposed renovating the stadium to
keep the University of Miami as a tenant and to attract another
bowl game.  Estimates of a major new overhaul -- including more
than 10,000 new seats, 40 luxury suites, a new press box and
security fencing -- run as high as $30M.  Other possibilities
under consideration:  turn the Orange Bowl into an open casino in
th event FL voters approve statewide gambling; or host a seasonal
basketball tournament, a national auto show, a circus and other
big-draw events (Joanne Cavanaugh, MIAMI HERALD, 10/14).

     The Raptors are attempting to swing a deal to purchase six
acres near the Toronto waterfront where the team hopes to build a
proposed 22,500-seat arena.  Several sources close to the team
have confirmed that there have been negotiations with Canada Post
Corp. and Marathon Realty, the owners of the six-acre lot, about
acquiring the site.  The site has recently been appraised by an
independent firm as worth about $20M.  But a concern of the
Raptors is that the land is contaminated and will have to be
cleaned before anything is built.  Potential clean-up costs are
estimated at $12M (Robert MacLeod, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/15).

     Many reports over the weekend note the Packers' decision not
to play in Milwaukee "follows a decade of talks about a new
stadium" in Milwaukee.  Brewers owner Bud Selig said he will now
concentrate on trying to create financing for a baseball-only
stadium, saving about $20-25M off the cost of a multi-purpose
facility (Mult., 10/16)....L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich
has introduced a motion barring the county from spending any
funds on the construction of a stadium proposed by NFL
Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.  Antonovich: "The taxpayers have
just spent $60 million this year to repair and renovate the
Coliseum to keep it as the home of the Raiders and USC and make
it an appropriate site for a Super Bowl" (Mult., 10/16).