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).