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Volume 24 No. 156

Facilities Venues

     The $32.5M budget for the roof, ceiling, and structural
repairs to the Kingdome will reach $51M before the project is
completed early next year.  The figure, released by King County
officials, does not include payments to the Mariners or the
Seahawks, payments which could exceed $6M. Almost half of the
extra cost of repairs ($8.5M) is safety-related.  King County
Exec Gary Locke said if $51M is what it takes to finish the job,
"that is what we will have to do."  But County Councilman Pete
von Reichbauer "attacked the credibility" of acting Kingdome
Director Dick Sandaas and said he will fly in roof experts from
"back East" to review the work.  Von Reichbauer also threatened
to hold up additional funds until he "gets some answers."  How
the county will finance repair costs and tenants claims remains
undecided, although Locke has suggested extending the hotel-motel
tax, a Kingdome admissions tax, and a car rental tax (George

     Editorials in this morning's WASHINGTON POST and WASHINGTON
TIMES comment on the delay in plans for a downtown area in
Washington to further review the proposal of BET President Robert
Johnson.  The WASHINGTON POST urges the city to go with the
proposal put forth by Abe Pollin and the National Capital
Development Corp. (NCDC):  "The original proposal includes one
essential factor that is so far missing in Mr. Johnson's
counteroffer: the Bullets and the Caps" (WASHINGTON POST, 11/15).
The TIMES credits the city for "prudently put off making a final
decision" on the arena, adding that Pollin's proposal to bring
his teams into the city in a publicly financed arena "leaves the
city wide open to unpredictable costs and other problems. ... The
one thing the District can afford to do is take its time creating
more debt for itself" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 11/15).

     Seattle's Kingdome reopened its doors last week after theextensive repair job on the facility, as the Seahawks played thefirst part of their season at the University of Washington field.In 1985-86, the Mariners and Seahawks signed a unique leasearrangement that gave the Seahawks marketing rights to all theluxury suites, and the Mariners control of advertising.  This wasbased on 10-year projected revenue enhancements that would beequal in value.  The Seahawks handle marketing of the suites forevery Kingdome event and receive 10% of sales and 50% of netrevenue.  The following profile is one of a continuing series ofthe NFL's infrastructure.
The Kingdome, Seattle, Washington
AGE: Completed March 27, 1976
CAPACITY: 66,000 -- 7th lowest in NFL.
OWNERSHIP: Owned and Operated by the King County Government.
COST: Cost $67 million - $40 million paid in bonds. The restin loans and private donations.
LUXURY BOXES: 48 -- 50% of the income to the Seahawks, 40% to the Mariners and 10% to the county.
CONCESSIONS: Ogden Services -- team gets 30% of food and beverage and 52% of banquet and catering.
PARKING: Three lots with 4,000 spots. $6 car, $5 car pool. Seahawks get no parking revenue.
ADVERTISING: Mariners control stadium advertising. Stadium gets approximately $230,000 - $250,000 annually.
RENOVATION: $32-34M renovation project to repair the roof.
RENT: $1.16 million -- 15th highest in NFL.
LEASE: Lease for the Seahawks expires in 2005.

(Sources: Tom Long/Kingdome; rent figure from Florida Times Unionarticle, July 24, 1994.)