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Volume 24 No. 157

Facilities Venues

          Chargers President Dean Spanos said the team will move
     its entire '97 home schedule to the Rose Bowl if a Superior
     Court judge halts construction at Jack Murphy Stadium next
     Thursday, according to Barry Bloom in the SAN DIEGO UNION-
     TRIBUNE.  Spanos said he and Rose Bowl President Al Moses
     have an oral agreement, and a contingency contract should be
     signed by next week (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 2/14). San
     Diego-based Qualcomm Chair Irwin Jacobs has offered to "make
     a deal with the city that would resolve the funding
     controversy and put the high-tech company's name" on Jack
     Murphy Stadium (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 2/14).        
          SUPER BOWL: The NFL has adopted a contingency plan to
     hold the '98 Super Bowl at the Rose Bowl if it becomes
     necessary to move the game from Jack Murphy (Rose Bowl).

          AZ Industrial Commission investigators have found a
     dozen safety violations and have recommended $8,000 in fines
     in the October 9 death of a man at the Bank One Ballpark
     construction site (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 2/14)....Mariners VP
     Paul Isaki said the team is "reviewing a contingency plan"
     to play an extra year at the Kingdome, rather than move into
     a new stadium with an unfinished roof (SEATTLE TIMES, 2/13).

          "Strong protests" from the tennis community have forced
     the USTA's board of directors to reconsider its decision to
     name its new U.S. Open facility USTA Stadium, instead of in
     memory of Arthur Ashe, according to Doug Smith in USA TODAY. 
     Last month, USTA President Harry Marmion said the board
     advised Ashe's widow, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, that the
     23,000-seat facility would be named USTA Stadium.  But
     Marmion now says that the board will meet Sunday and Monday
     in Atlanta to "reconsider" the name (USA TODAY, 2/14).

          The Bengals have agreed to a location for their new
     stadium between Elm St. and Central Ave., immediately north
     of Mehring Way.  The facility will include a new Bengals
     front office and a new practice facility.  The stadium is to
     open with the 2000 NFL season (Bengals).  Hamilton County
     will now try to "relocate eight companies on the site,"
     according to Anne Michaud of the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER.  Land
     acquisition may take six to nine months, and county
     officials "expect construction to begin" in early '98.  The
     county and the Bengals are working toward a June 30 deadline
     to sign a lease (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 2/14).