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Volume 24 No. 117

Facilities Venues

     THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY continues to look at the NFL'sinfrastrucure with an examination of Philadelphia's VeteransStadium.
STADIUM: Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, PA
AGE: Build in 1971
CAPACITY: 66,386 --12th lowest in the league
MANAGEMENT: City of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.
OWNERSHIP: Owned by the City of Philadelphia.
89 luxury penthouses, 59 super boxes, 44 restaurant clubboxes - controlled by team.
COST: Cost $63M and paid for through public bonds and self-sustaining loan. Roughly $5.6M in debt
CONCESSIONS: Ogden Leisure Services. 58.2% of general concessions to the Stadium, which is split 50/50 with the team. The remaining 41.8% of concessions goes to Ogden.
RENOVATION: Ongoing $32M renovation project over 5 years. New seats, more handicap seating, and councourse improvments.
PARKING: 12,000 parking spots at $6 a car -- all parking revenue to go towards new CoreStates arena.
ADVERTISING: Phillies receive all advertising revenue.
LEASE: Eagles' lease expires 2011.
RENT: $1.9 million - 13th highest in the league.

(Source: Jim Smith/Veterans Stadium, rent figure from a FloridaTimes Union article on July 24, 1994).

     The King County Stadium Alternatives Task Force "appears
ready to recommend that a new baseball stadium be built for the
Mariners using a combination of public and private money,"
according to this morning's SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER.  A
"confidential survey" of the task force's 24 members indicates
that 88% favor a new stadium, but "less certain" is whether the
stadium will include a retractable roof which the Mariners
believe is "essential."  The task force also released a financial
analysis that states a roofed stadium would produce the most
revenue, but that the "relatively small difference" from an open-
air facility might preclude its estimated $41M additional cost
(Angelo Bruscas, SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER, 11/16).
     KINGDOME COST OVER-RUNS:  Members of King County Council
Budget and Fiscal Management Committee "wanted some answers"
yesterday from acting Kingdome Director Dick Sandaas and his
stadium project manager Brian Kasen about the $18.5M cost overrun
on stadium repairs.  Sandaas cited an inadequate system of
predicting material costs and the "unforeseen factor" that 50-60%
of the insulation and sealant sprayed on the Kingdome ceiling
fell to the floor as reasons.  The completion date for the
project has been extended to March '95.  The Seahawks also
submitted a claim yesterday to King County for $2.7M in lost
ticket revenue and other costs during the repairs (Foster &