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Volume 24 No. 154

Facilities Venues

     The brokers in charge of lining up insurers and managing
liability risks for Nashville's $292M NFL stadium intend to bring
small construction firms and minority-owned businesses "into the
game" by keeping costs down, according to the Nashville
TENNESSEAN.  Nashville-based Alexander and Associates, one of
TN's largest African-American-owned insurance brokers, and
Willis Corroon are designing a package which will provide
worker's compensation and liability coverage for contractors --
rather than requiring them to maintain it themselves.  They also
hope to negotiate a fixed rate on all insurance provided, making
it easier to budget the project and to protect contractors from
swings in insurance rates (Julie Bell, Nashville TENNESSEAN,
5/8).

     The engineer and inspection firm who oversaw the original
construction of the L.A. Coliseum announced that spectators
should have no concerns about sitting beneath the press box built
last year, according to David William of the L.A. TIMES. Smith
Emery Co. President James Partridge said although no visible
cracks were detected, the results of ultrasound tests are not yet
available and more tests will be conducted this week.  The press
box's welds have been scrutinized in response to a TIMES' article
that reported on weaknesses in the welds discovered during
construction.  But the re-inspection of the press box has not
satisfied everyone.  County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky:  "They
all have a stake in this, both professionally and public safety-
wise"  Don Webb, the architect who oversaw construction,
criticized the TIMES' article for spreading unnecessary alarm:
"We are faced with the task of disproving there is a fire in the
theater (L.A. TIMES, 5/10).

     A public hearing is scheduled for June 5 to allow
Hillsborough County, FL voters to discuss proposed sales tax
increases to fund a new Bucs stadium (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 5/9)...
...The U.S. Board on Geographic Names said that Raljon will not
become the official name of the new Redskins stadium site -- as
desired by Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke -- and it will continue
to be called Landover (WASHINGTON TIMES, 5/10)....In Boston, Joan
Vennochi notes the delay in Pats Owner Robert Kraft's "imminent"
stadium plans.  Kraft his retained ML Strategies, a Boston
lobbying firm to help the project (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/10).