June 10, 2000 |
Mayor Street came to this city for the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this weekend, but yesterday he took a break from workshops to do a little fact-gathering. He headed to Seattle's Safeco Field - the shiny new Seattle Mariners baseball stadium that opened last July within walking distance from the heart of downtown. The field is just a block south of the former Kingdome, once the nation's largest concrete domed structure. That stadium, which housed both the Mariners and the Seattle Seahawks, was imploded in March - mostly at taxpayers' expense.
May 8, 1996 |
Ruth Burgess walked into the polls planning to vote against the NFL's Houston Oilers. She knuckled under to family pressure, however, and cast her ballot for $80 million in bonds to bring the team here. "I'm a 'no' person, but I voted 'yes,' " the 72-year-old widow said yesterday outside the Glendale United Methodist Church poll. "My brother threatened me," she laughed. She doesn't care about football and realizes it eventually could raise her property taxes. But she feels the stadium will beautify an industrial area downtown.
November 11, 2004 |
Washington Mayor Anthony A. Williams agreed yesterday to consider a plan by Linda W. Cropp, chairwoman of the City Council, that calls for the city to consider private financing for the proposed ballpark for the Expos. Williams said any deal must accommodate the city's agreement with the Expos, which contains a Dec. 31 deadline for financing to become law. Cropp postponed Tuesday's scheduled vote on the mayor's ballpark plan for two weeks. "Let's just see what happens," she said.
October 11, 1989 |
Richard Trotta has a nose that says: "I played football in the days before the face mask. " The bridge juts out, the tip strays from its original destination, and the whole nose is a little flatter than it once was. All in all, the nose isn't the same as the one Trotta brought to Palmyra High School in the late 1930s. "We had only one helmet with a face mask. We had to trade off wearing it," said Trotta, who played center. "If you had a nose broken or something, they'd give you the mask.
July 2, 1988 |
Chicago White Sox fans were jubilant yesterday over a victory in the state Legislature that is expected to keep the ball club in the city it has called home for nearly 90 years. But many scorned the multimillion-dollar package for a new stadium to keep the club from leaving town, and blamed greediness on the part of the team's owners for the near-exodus to St. Petersburg, Fla. "I think it's great! My heart was breaking last night when it looked like this deal wasn't going to pass," said Paul Losensky outside Comiskey Park while waiting to buy tickets for last night's game.
June 25, 1996
The NFL owners' finance committee basically warned Jeff Lurie not to pay so much for the Eagles two years ago. So now Lurie, up to his eyeballs in debt, has the nerve to complain that the Eagles can't survive financially without a new stadium. The veiled threat of course is that if Philadelphia doesn't give him one, he'll take his football someplace else and play, like the Browns. He needs to know: That dog won't hunt. Certainly not without a phenomenally better pedigree.
March 26, 2004 |
New York City and state officials announced a deal yesterday for a $1.4 billion stadium on Manhattan's West Side that would be home to the Jets and anchor New York's bid for the 2012 Olympics. The Jets, who have a lease to play at the Meadowlands in New Jersey through 2008, have agreed to spend $800 million on the stadium, but the city and state would have to kick in $600 million for a deck over the existing rail yards where the stadium is to be built, and a retractable roof that will allow the facility to be used for concerts and trade shows.
June 8, 2000 |
It's time to debunk the myths and portray the realities of the neighborhood around 12th and Vine, chosen by Mayor Street as the site for a baseball stadium. Once you see the reality, you'll see why Philadelphia should never build a stadium there. Contrary to press reports of blight and empty lots, our neighborhood - Broad Street to Ninth Street and Vine Street to Spring Garden - is a vibrant, singular mix of residential homes, commercial properties (including retail, wholesale and light industrial)
May 12, 2000 |
While Mayor Street took trolley tours and held town meetings in search of the best place to locate baseball and football stadiums, some members of City Council were steamed that he never seemed to talk about cost - or how much the taxpayers would have to put up. So, tired of waiting, the city's legislative branch is now plotting its own conversation about stadiums and tax dollars. In a 15-1 vote yesterday - opposed by Republican Councilman Thacher Longstreth - Council voted to hold hearings on public financing of sports stadiums.
December 2, 1999 |
I salute Mayor Rendell for holding out as long as he could for a Center City ballpark. This city is about to make a monumental mistake. The shortsightedness of those who condemned a park in the Spring Garden area is yet another painful reminder of all the bad moves Philadelphia is famous for. All because of the few who won't look into the positives - the beauty and profit of a state-of-the-art Center City, in-the-shadow-of-William-Penn, shiny-new...