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Volume 24 No. 157

Facilities Venues

          The DETROIT NEWS releases a survey of lawsuits against
     the area's public facilities today, showing that the
     greatest number of suits filed in Metro Detroit since '90
     were against The Palace with 51; Joe Louis Arena received
     34, the Silverdome 15 and Tiger Stadium 9 (DETROIT NEWS,
     1/29). ....IMS and Walt Disney World, co-Owners of the Walt
     Disney World Speedway, said they have no plans to bring any
     more races to the speedway.  IMS Dir of Strategic Events Lee
     Gardner: "We're happy with the number of events we have
     going on" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 1/26).

          After "months of consideration," the Padres Task Force
     on Ballpark Planning has designated Centre City East in
     downtown San Diego as "the prime site for a new baseball-
     only stadium," according to Barry Bloom of the SAN DIEGO
     UNION-TRIBUNE.  The committee's report is "expected to be
     approved by the 18-member citizens task force today."  The
     report "does not go into detail" about how to pay for the
     park, but recommends that no new sales or property tax money
     is used.  Padres President Larry Lucchino called the site
     selection a "giant step forward" in the process, and that
     the team is now "committed to building a ballpark on the
     Centre City East site" (Barry Bloom, UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/29).

          Toronto councillor Dennis Fotinos said that he and "a
     growing number of his colleagues believe" the Maple Leafs
     "do not intend to go through with their plans to build an
     arena at Exhibition Place," according to David Shoalts of
     the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL.  Fotinos called the site "a
     bargaining tool" for the Leafs to become partners with the
     Raptors at Air Canada Centre.  Leafs VP Tom Anselmi, who
     heads the arena project: "This is the site we want to build
     on."  Due-diligence ends February 28 (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/29).