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Volume 24 No. 112

Facilities Venues

          The Reds have yet to decide whether they'll back a new
     ballpark or renovated Cinergy Field.  Hamilton County [OH]
     Commissioner Bob Bedinghaus: "It's up in the air."  Reds
     Managing Exec John Allen: "Both are still on the table"
     (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 2/26)....In S.F., Matier & Ross report
     that 49ers co-Owner Denise DeBartolo York "ordered" the
     stadium planning operation for the "stalled 49ers stadium
     deal" to move out of offices at DeBartolo Entertainment, in
     what Matier & Ross call "another move to distance the
     stadium from Eddie's gaming company" (S.F. CHRONICLE,
     2/27)....Denver Mayor Wellington Webb "came out strongly
     against" adding a retractable roof to the proposed new
     Broncos stadium (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 2/27)....CORRECTION:
     Yesterday's DAILY misidentified the site of a new auto
     racing track being developed by Int'l Speedway Corp.  It is
     being planned for Kansas City, KS (THE DAILY).

          The MA Senate "overwhelmingly passed" a Patriots
     stadium bill yesterday that includes a funding measure that
     would impose an income tax on visiting team athletes playing
     in Foxboro, according to Tina Cassidy of the BOSTON GLOBE. 
     After the Senate voted 36-1 for the legislation, House
     Speaker Thomas Finneran said he was "curious" about the
     income tax idea.  Acting Gov. Paul Cellucci said that he
     "opposes the tax on the players."  A conference committee
     comprised of House and Senate members could be assembled as
     early as Monday, to "work out differences between the bill
     passed yesterday and the House version passed last fall." 
     The Senate version calls for a new $200M stadium, while the
     House version calls for a $50M remodeling of Foxboro
     Stadium.  Patriots VP Jonathan Kraft said he "was relieved"
     the stadium bill is "making progress" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/27). 

          The city of St. Paul was dealt a "stunning, though not
     unexpected, blow" yesterday when a Senate committee
     recommended that no money be spent on the city's hockey
     arena, according to Maria Douglas Reeve of the ST. PAUL
     PIONEER PRESS.  The move means that a bill containing
     capital improvement projects for the state will go to the
     Senate next week minus $65M for improvements to the St. Paul
     RiverCentre.  The decision had been "foreshadowed for
     months" as the Legislature debated financing a new baseball
     stadium for the Twins (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 2/27).  In
     Minneapolis, Sid Hartman reports that "the word in St. Paul"
     is that Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe "and many members
     of the Legislature are firm on their stance: If a [baseball]
     stadium isn't going to be built, then St. Paul shouldn't be
     given" $65M for a hockey arena (STAR TRIBUNE, 2/27).  Also
     in MN, Robert Whereatt reports "any hope of resuscitating
     support for a baseball stadium was dashed" yesterday after a
     bill that "would have established a framework for
     transferring the Twins to a nonprofit community organization
     was defeated on a 12-4 vote" (STAR TRIBUNE, 2/27).