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Volume 24 No. 159

Facilities Venues

     The Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections
stopped all plumbing work on the $217M Corestates Arena .
because various contractors had failed to get permits before
starting work.  Spectacor VP Jim Cima said the 21,000 seat arena
was on schedule and would "not suffer" from the L&I action.  It
is "unclear how long the plumbing work will be idled" (Mark
McDonald, PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 11/22).

     Today, we continue our series on the infrastructure of theNFL with a look at Jack Murphy Stadium, home of the AFC Westleading San Diego Chargers.
STADIUM: Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, CA
AGE: Built in 1967.
CAPACITY: Capacity 63,000.
OWNERSHIP: Owned by the City of San Diego.
LUXURY SEATS: 71 luxury boxes -- team gets roughly 30% of revenue, Padres receive the balance.
COST: Cost of $27M paid for by city bonds. $3M debt to be paid off by 2003.
CONCESSIONS: Concessioneer Service America gets 40%; Padres get 30%; Chargers 20%; city gets the remaining 10%.
PARKING: 19,300 spots, $5 football -- Chargers get 33% of revenue, and the city gets 67%.
ADVERTISING: Chargers get 25% of revenue, city 10%, Padres 65%
RENT: $1.25 million, 13th highest in league.
LEASE: Lease expires in 2000.

(Source: Bill Wilson/Jack Murphy Stadium; rent and luxury seatingfigure from Florida Times-Union article on July 24, 1994).

     The Lewisville, TX, City Council voted unanimously on Monday
to ask residents for permission to build and pay for an arena
that could become the home to the Stars and Mavericks.  The
proposal, to go before voters January 21, 1995, seeks permission
to raise Lewisville's sales tax by a half-cent to pay for the
arena, which would be built on land purchased last week by Mavs
owner Donald Carter.  Lewisville City Manager Chuck Owens said
the city will drop all arena plans if voters turn down the sales-
tax increase.  The referendum would be the first election battle
in the five-city contest to build a replacement for Reunion
Arena.  Arlington, Irving and Grand Prairie also have said that
they are interested in luring the Mavs and Stars from downtown
Dallas.  Last week, the Dallas City Council unveiled a plan last
week to build a $142M arena southeast of Reunion.  Dallas
officials are yet to outline how they would pay for the project
(Kim North, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 11/22).