The Thomas & Mack Center and Sam Boyd Stadium were
awarded a $5M grant for renovation and improvement projects.
The grant, which will be contingent upon an extended
agreement with the National Finals Rodeo, earmarks $3M for
the construction of a tunnel at the Thomas & Mack Center and
$2M to reconfigure and expand Sam Boyd Stadium to 40,000
seats (THE DAILY). The National Finals Rodeo contract runs
through 2000, but Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
officials "are looking" for a 10-year extension (LAS VEGAS
SUN, 1/28)....The Bears are considering several new stadium
sites but a downtown location is "very unlikely." In
Chicago, Mike Mulligan reports that there is no timetable on
a new stadium, "and it's unlikely one will be announced in
the foreseeable future." Bears Owner Michael McCaskey added
"there's no truth to a rumor that Ameritech has already
signed" a $75M naming rights deal (SUN-TIMES, 1/30).