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Volume 24 No. 116

Facilities Venues

     Donald Trump reportedly backs a plan to build a new Yankee
Stadium on the West Side of Manhattan, according to this
morning's N.Y. DAILY NEWS.  Trump:  "If [Yankee Owner] George
[Steinbrenner] picked up the phone and called, I would be there
in 15 seconds.  No question.  I would support anything George
does."  In a DAILY NEWS column, CBS' Pat O'Brien reports that
Trump favors a site behind Madison Square Garden and Penn
Station, with "10 stories worth of parking" and serviced "by
every form of rail and MTA there" (N.Y DAILY NEWS, 9/26).  In a
commentary in today's USA TODAY, Tom Weir urges that Yankee
Stadium not be closed: "Having proved last October how temporary
it can be, baseball needs some newfound permanence" (USA TODAY,
9/26).

     Under the terms of their agreement with the Province to take
NBA games off the Pro-Line sports lottery, the Raptors are
"scrambling" to avoid a $1M penalty that will be incurred if
construction on the Air Canada Centre does not begin by October
1, according to the TORONTO STAR.  But the cannot get a building
permit until appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board are heard or
are resolved without a formal hearing.  The SkyDome is appealing
construction of the arena on the grounds that there are
inadequate plans for bus parking and pedestrian access (TORONTO
STAR, 9/26).

     A poll has found that most of San Francisco's voters oppose
changing the name of Candlestick Park to 3Com Park.  In a survey
of 500 likely voters, 57% opposed the name change, with 46%
expressing strong disapproval.  There is ballot question on the
stadium name change.  The question was merely added to a poll on
the city's upcoming election.   The poll has a margin of error of
+/- 5% (AP/N.Y. TIMES, 9/26)....In an editorial on the
circumvention of election laws, the MIAMI HERALD notes that a
group opposing the incorporation of the area around Joe Robbie
Stadium as the city of Destiny received $100,000 from
JRS/Dolphins Owner Wayne Huizenga.  The donation, however, was
not reported until after the September 19 vote (MIAMI HERALD,
9/25).