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Volume 24 No. 113

Facilities Venues

          TIGER LAND: In Detroit, Joe Falls writes on the
     difficulty that Tigers Owner Mike Ilitch is having on
     completing the financing of the Tigers' new ballpark: "The
     consortium of 14 U.S. banks backed out of the deal, and now
     the financiers from Japan still haven't given Ilitch the
     money.  This should tell you something about the financial
     structure of the Ilitch empire, which should tell you
     something about the sad state of the baseball team" (DETROIT
     NEWS, 8/13).  The Tigers will post clips of construction at
     their new ballpark on www.detroittigers.com (Tigers).
          NOTES: The Lakers and NHL Kings announced their intent
     to build a combined practice facility in El Segundo, CA. 
     Naming rights to the $15M, 120,000-square-foot complex will
     be sold (L.A. TIMES, 8/12)....Attorneys for the NFL
     Cardinals and the Rio Salado Crossing District met yesterday
     and will meet again today "in hopes of reaching a
     preliminary agreement" before the Mesa City Council makes
     its decision whether to put the stadium measure on the
     November ballot (AZ REPUBLIC, 8/13)....The Padres proposed
     ballpark measure will appear as Proposition C on the
     November ballot.  Politicians and consultants say that being
     first on the ballot "is best because it gives backers first
     shot at voters' attention" (S.D. UNION-TRIBUNE, 8/12). 

          The Spurs unveiled plans Wednesday for a $150M arena in
     the "abandoned Longhorn Quarry that could be open for games
     by 2001," according to Poling & Anderson of the SAN ANTONIO
     EXPRESS-NEWS.  Spurs Chair Peter Holt and Quarry developer
     Bitterblue "called the proposition the best for the Spurs
     and the city" during a meeting with the Express-News.  But
     Holt said the team is not threatening to leave the city: "If
     this didn't work would we leave the city?  That isn't our
     plan. ... The ownership is going to be patient."  The Spurs
     would manage the arena which would be owned by the city,
     county and the North East School District.  Construction
     could start as early as next summer.  Under the
     Spurs/Bitterblue plans, "a Tax Increment Finance board would
     sell bonds to pay for constructing the arena."  Bonds would
     be paid for from property taxes on new development in a
     reinvestment zone near the San Antonio airport.  San Antonio
     Mayor Howard Peak supports the plan and adds, "We want to
     move forward rapidly on this."  The proposal now goes to the
     city council (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 8/13).
          INSIDE THE HOME: Architectural designs by Ellerbe
     Beckett call for the arena to be split into 2,500 premium
     seats and 16,000 general seats.  It would be divided into
     five levels (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 8/13).