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Volume 24 No. 159
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ORLANDO EXPANSION GROUP RECEIVES NICE PRESENT BEFORE BID

     When Orlando makes its presentation to MLB's expansion
committee on Wednesday in Chicago, it will carry with them
funding for a $150M outdoor facility.  The Orange County
Commission voted 6-1 in favor of adding one cent to the resort
tax on February 1.  They then voted 7-0 to commit $8.1M of that
money each year to building a $150M -- 45,000 seat stadium (Mark
Topkin, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 12/14).  Commission Chair Linda
Chapin: "We're going to Chicago with a great, great package to
sell Orlando to Major League Baseball, and we're going to bring
home a team" (Bill Fay, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/14).  Construction of
the stadium is contingent on being awarded a team.  If an interim
facility is needed, Orlando officials plan to renovate the Citrus
Bowl (Topkin, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 12/14).