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Volume 24 No. 156

Facilities Venues

     The potential of a 60,000-seat stadium in downtown Boston as
part of a megaplex is a "concern" to Jeremy Jacobs, owner of the
Bruins and the new FleetCenter.  Until this point, Jacobs and his
tenant, the Celtics, have "proceeded on the basis of pure need --
 a true symbiotic relationship," according to the BOSTON GLOBE's
Joan Vennochi.  At the new FleetCenter, the two parties have a
10-year lease, with Jacobs holding the option to extend it to 15
years in year five; the Celtics pay rent of $1 a year; Jacobs
keeps all concession sales; all ticket revenue goes to the
Celtics, with team's per game take estimated at $800,000.  But
despite the agreement, Jacobs' "concern" with Patriots Owner
Robert Kraft and a new facility "rests in what else takes place
down the road in a new sports complex."  Celtics President Steve
Schram said he believes Jacobs is "very concerned" about
competition and about the Celtics' future at FleetCenter.  And
Schram "isn't shy about stocking such worries."  Schram: "We're
purely a tenant.  If someone were to come to us and say, 'We've
got a facility, would you consider it down the road?' I think
we'd have to in terms of our interest."  Larry Moulter, President
of New Boston Garden Corp., said FleetCenter can "coexist" with a
60,000-seat stadium, but added, "If they begin to behave and look
like an arena, that is a serious problem, not just to the owner,
but to the banks."  Moulter expects the Celts to "honor their 15-
year deal" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/24).

     According to a recent survey of 643 randomly selected adults
in the Tampa area, 49% oppose using tax dollars to help pay for a
new or renovated stadium for the Bucs; 40% favor using tax
dollars; 76% believe that keeping the team in the Tampa Bay area
is important.  The poll was conducted for the Greater Tampa
Chamber of Commerce by the FL Research Group, an independent
division of the TAMPA TRIBUNE.  Other numbers:  57% oppose
increasing the Hillsborough County sales tax to pay for stadium
improvements, while 38% favor it; 59% oppose increasing the
county's restaurant tax to pay for renovation (Jim Kenyon, TAMPA
TRIBUNE, 5/24).

     Eight companies are in the running for the naming rights for
St. Louis' new domed stadium, according to Rams consultant Marc
Ganis of Sports Corp.  Ganis told the ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH
that the team, which has the right to name the stadium, is
looking for "a 20- to 30- year deal," but refused to name the
companies.  Lorraine Kee reports a spokesperson for St. Louis-
based TWA said they "are considering the option" (ST. LOUIS POST-
DISPATCH, 5/24).
     CHANGES:  The Rams have created a second logo to take the
place of their "LA Rams" logo, and Ganis says more changes may be
in store after '95 (POST-DISPATCH, 5/24).

     The megaplex commission is expected to recommend today that
Summer Street in South Boston is the "best location" to build the
convention center and sports complex, according to Richard
Kindleberger in today's BOSTON GLOBE.  The site won out over a
competing site called CrossTown.  Supporters of the Summer Street
site say it "offers a more desirable and dramatic location,
closer to the waterfront and downtown."  Meanwhile, sources say
that the deal between the Patriots and the commission has the
Pats paying $5M a year over 25 years to play in the new stadium
(BOSTON GLOBE, 5/24).  In the BOSTON HERALD, Phil Primack writes,
"A Summer Street location could make an already uphill fight for
a football stadium even harder because of neighborhood,
transportation and other potential problems" (BOSTON HERALD,
5/24).
     SUPER BOWL 2001:  Patriots Owner Robert Kraft told fellow
NFL owners yesterday "that he hopes to be back in the near future
to ask them for a Super Bowl for Boston in the year 2001" (Will
McDonough, BOSTON GLOBE, 5/24).

     King County voters will decide either in November or March
whether to approve a sales tax increase of one-tenth of 1% to
help fund a $280M retractable dome stadium for the Mariners.  It
is expected that the King County Council will approve the ballot
measure, which passed the WA Legislature Monday.  Under the bill,
the team must contribute $45M of the cost of the new ballpark and
agree to play at least 90% of its home games there until bonds
are retired.  The team has opposed a public referendum in the
past; proponents of a new stadium have "equated it with the death
of baseball in Seattle" (Peter Callaghan, Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE,
5/24).