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A BETTER SHAKE
These are not pro athletes who meet a dozen times a season. They are teams of young men playing for their schools and themselves, perhaps meeting just once. The day that such meetings end in cold stares and fistfights is a sad one for amateur sports. Discounting the ceremony is certainly no solution, nor should handshaking become "simply a demonstration of discipline." The handshake should remain as a sign of the friendship and respect that reign above all competition. I believe it should be reintroduced by high school coaches.
As a fellow Syracuse graduate, might I suggest that she design some new cheerleading outfits for her alma mater? Considering the football teams that Syracuse has had of late, it might create a little excitement and bring out the fans once again if the Syracuse cheerleaders entered ancient Archbold Stadium attired in something that left "more room for a tan."
?It was Oral Roberts University's new sports facility that captured Ireland's fancy. However, Marshall University fans in Cabell County, W. Va. will have a chance on May 14 to vote on a $10 million bond issue for a 12,000- to 14,000-seat Civic Arena.—ED.
FOR THE SUPERDOME
In 1966, when Louisiana voters approved the idea, a cost estimate was given of $35 million. However, the entire concept and location changed during the intervening period between 1966 and 1971, when the state legislature authorized a revenue bond issue of $129.5 million for the $150.2 million dome cost. A stadium with a capacity of 80,101 (for a Super Bowl game), which can also be utilized for conventions, trade shows, etc., and will produce revenue from 5,000 downtown parking spots, offices, restaurants, stores and medical clinic rentals, costs more to construct than the original design seating 50,000 and featuring only sports events.
We agree that the Superdome must clear $34,500 a day to break even. However, the following daily revenues are anticipated to cover costs, exclusive of events in the dome: $10,000 from downtown parking fees, $8,000 from a 4% hotel/motel occupancy tax, $2,000 from dome tours, $5,000 from advertising fees and $5,000 from rental space. Therefore, we feel confident in the Stanford Research Institute's prediction that we will be in the black within five years and believe their estimate of a $60 million profit over the life of the bond issue to be conservative.
The New York Times
has said, " The Louisiana Superdome will make all other stadiums in existence as obsolete as Rome's Colosseum." We in Louisiana are immensely proud of our facility and believe it will be a major world attraction for many years. We feel the world's biggest—and finest—urban event center is expensive but will be worth every dollar spent to build it.