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Volume 24 No. 115

Facilities Venues

          DE-based Dover Downs Entertainment Inc. has acquired
     Nashville Speedway USA with the intention of building a new
     speedway in another location "in the near future," according
     to Joe Caldwell of the NASHVILLE BANNER.  Gaylord
     Entertainment will become a minority partner in the project. 
     The new speedway initially will seat about 50,000, "with the
     ability to expand that right from the start."  Dover Downs
     President & CEO Denis McGlynn said that no plans are set to
     try to get a Winston Cup date.  McGlynn: "We are going to
     build a track that can handle any type of racing that is
     available" (NASHVILLE BANNER, 11/7).

          The Ohio State Univ. Board of Trustees approved a $150M 
     renovation plan for the university's stadium.  The renovated
     stadium will have about 98,000 seats, including spots for
     3,000 wheelchair users.  It will be paid for by proceeds
     generated from the stadium, including the sale of leases for
     76 new luxury suites (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 11/8)....The $102M-
     renovated Oakland Coliseum Arena opened Saturday as a
     sellout crowd of 19,283 attended the T-Wolves-Warriors game.
     In San Jose, columnist Bud Geracie, on the renovated arena:
     "There's not a bad seat in the house, just a bad team" (SAN
     JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 11/9)....In L.A., California Planning and
     Development Report Editor William Fulton wrote a commentary
     urban benefits of the L.A. Coliseum: "All the things that
     drive the NFL crazy about the Coliseum are all the things
     that make it a great place for a football stadium. ... The
     NFL notwithstanding ... it is possible to use football to
     create the same kind of intimate urban experience that
     baseball is thriving on these days.  In fact, football is
     still used this way all over the country"(L.A. TIMES, 11/9).

          Magic President & CEO Bob Vander Weide "left little
     doubt" on Friday that the team "expects a replacement" for
     the Orlando Arena, "possibly within seven years," according
     to Dan Tracy of the ORLANDO SENTINEL.  The team's current
     lease at the arena, under which they pay the city $446,500 a
     year, ends after next season.  While Vander Weide said that
     the team "intends to honor" the agreement and "exercise an
     additional five-year rental option," he "would not commit"
     the Magic to the eight-year old facility "beyond" the 2004
     season.  While Vander Wiede "would not discuss who might
     pay," for a new arena, Tracy wrote that Orlando and Orange
     County officials have been "adamant in saying they will not
     spend tax dollars" on such a project.  The arena still has a
     debt of "about" $40M, which will not be paid off fully until
     2019.  The team released a study showing that renovation
     "would not bring in extra cash" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 11/8).

          MN Gov. Arne Carlson said Friday that he believed
     sentiment in the Legislature "is starting to turn toward
     approval of state spending" on a new ballpark for the Twins,
     according to Patrick Sweeney of the ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS. 
     Carlson: "I think we're in pretty good shape in the Senate. 
     I still think it's touch-and-go in the House."  On Thursday,
     legislators will return to a special session to consider a
     complex ballpark proposal that calls for Twins Owner Carl
     Pohlad to donate the team to a foundation and to guarantee
     any operating losses the team might incur during the 3-5 
     years the foundation would hold it while looking for a new
     owner (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 11/8).  State Rep. Ron
     Erhardt: "The calls tend to be a little more positive"
     (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/8).  Today, the Twins will
     send team Exec VP Kirby Puckett, former P Bert Blyleven and
     team President Jerry Bell around the state to lobby for a
     new ballpark (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 11/9).
          NOTES: Ads supporting the Twins began appearing on
     billboards and city buses over the weekend.  The copy read:
     "Publicity Fades.  Debates End.   Baseball is Forever.  Call
     Your Legislator.  Keep the Twins in Minnesota" (STAR
     TRIBUNE, 11/8)....A STAR TRIBUNE editorial on Pohlad's
     "community ownership" proposal for the Twins: "That doesn't
     make the stadium plan perfect.  But it ought to make the
     plan passable. ... If not, then prepare to kiss the Twins
     goodbye" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/9).