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Volume 24 No. 114

Facilities Venues

     According to the BOSTON HERALD's "Inside Track" column, the
total cost of changing all the "new arena adornments" bearing
Shawmut Bank's indian-head logo at the new Boston Garden could
top $500,000.  The naming rights to the new Garden are included
in Fleet Financial Group's $3.7B acquisition of Shawmut Bank.
Among the changes that have to be made -- signs, uniforms, cups,
napkins and seat tags.  Reportedly, there were 15,000 indian-head
logos waiting to be affixed to arena seats.  "That's $18,000
right there." The HERALD's Fee & Raposa note it was a "good
thing" the $4M scoreboard wasn't under construction (BOSTON
HERALD, 2/23).

     In a letter to Miami Mayor Steve Clark, Heat Managing
Partner Micky Arison spelled out conditions for an extension that
would keep the team at Miami Arena for two years after the
current lease runs out in '98.  In the letter, Arison told Clark
an extension "would give us sufficient time to ensure that a more
permanent solution could be found for the Miami Heat staying
downtown."  However, in an interview in today's MIAMI HERALD,
Arison did not say that an arena upgrade was the solution:  "I've
tried to get some breathing room so the Heat can find the right
long-term solution.  I have not come to any conclusions.  I've
met with people and not one person believes refurbishing the
arena is the right way to go.  Everyone is saying we should work
towards a new state-of-the-art arena."  Clark wants to keep the
team in a renovated Miami Arena (Karen Branch, MIAMI HERALD,
2/23).