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Volume 24 No. 156

Facilities Venues

          In Boston, Will McDonough reported that the Red Sox are
     awaiting a final report from consulting company Arthur
     Andersen on the economic feasibility of a new Fenway Park. 
     If the report says the team can use their own money to build
     it and still make a profit, "that's what the team will do." 
     The Red Sox expect to announce their plans "closer to the
     end of the season" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/27)....CT Gov. John
     Rowland has told "friends and acquaintances privately, with
     an air of confidence" that he believes the odds of the
     Patriots building a new stadium in CT are "nearly 50-50"
     (HARTFORD COURANT, 6/28)....The 93 luxury suites at the
     Pepsi Center, set to open in October '99, have already been
     leased in five- to 10-year commitments.  The suites will
     generate about $12.55M a year in revenue, 93.5% of which
     will go to Ascent Entertainment and 6.5% to Ascent's
     partner, Liberty Media (CO Springs GAZETTE-TELEGRAPH, 6/30).
     ...In St. Paul, Charley Walters wrote that the NHL Wild's
     new arena could be named the Northern States Power Center or
     US West Center (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 6/28)....Hurricanes
     Owner Peter Karmanos has agreed to lead a private fund-
     raising effort to build a 7,000-seat, $20-25M arena at Wayne
     State Univ (CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS, 6/15 issue).