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Article notes possibly tearing down Lockhardt…where will you play if that happens?

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http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/15488552.htm


Money scarce for new Fort Lauderdale StadiumThe dream is still a gleam in the Baltimore Orioles' eye.
BY ASHLEY FANTZ
Miami Herald Staff Writer
More than four decades old, Fort Lauderdale Stadium is showing its age, with wobbly seats, a rickety dugout and cramped restrooms.

The Baltimore Orioles, for a decade the stadium's spring training tenant, are asking for a makeover, but Fort Lauderdale and Broward County are balking at the proposed $37 million price tag.

The Orioles want to rebuild or renovate the 55-acre stadium complex, which now includes the ballpark, a gym, management offices and parking. They also are considering tearing down neighboring Lockhart Stadium, where several high schools and Florida Atlantic University play football.
The Orioles presented a plan to the city last week for a Community Sports Park and Recreational Complex that would include four diamonds for minor league teams, four soccer fields, a larger ballpark, a modern electronic scoreboard, concession stands, a clubhouse and gym.

The space would double as a hurricane shelter, provide practice space for school and community sports teams, and grounds for fairs and concerts.

And the project would finally make Fort Lauderdale Stadium more accessible to physically disabled fans.

But if Lockhart is torn down, schools like Fort Lauderdale High, Stranahan High, and Dillard High, which play games there, could be affected.

''We would try to put those [high school teams] in stadiums close to their high schools if it came to that,'' said Mike Roland, Lockhart's manager who deals with the schools. ``It would certainly not be what is ideal.''

Although the state Legislature this year promised the Orioles $15 million for the project, the financing is contingent on the team getting the rest from the city and the county, or a private source.

''A new stadium sounds nice,'' said Broward County Mayor Ben Graber, ``but if the city isn't going to put up any money, then that makes me less inclined to say we're going to.''

The city does not have reserves for a project like this, said Mayor Jim Naugle, after Wednesday's city budget meeting where commissioners faced a crowd of residents angry about a proposed 14 percent tax hike. City Manager George Gretsas pledged to cut as much as $4 million, making a stadium contribution even less likely.

The only contribution to a new stadium the city could make, Naugle said, would come from parking impact fees it collects from the nearby Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. If the Orioles create new park space, the city might be able to contribute money from its park beautification funds.

In 2004, the Orioles threatened to leave Fort Lauderdale because of the run-down condition of the stadium. Instead, the team took the unusual step of taking over stadium management from the city.

Over the past two years, the Orioles made minor improvements – adding new section seating, upgrading the old locker rooms, and a new paint job.

''We've always worked with the city and we don't intend to harm that relationship,'' said team spokesman Bill Stetka.

''We are talking about the second-oldest [spring training] facility in Florida,'' he added. ``Cosmetic changes are good, but that's all we could really do.''

Nikki Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the team attracts about 20,000 out-of-town fans who spend $20 million a year at the city's hotels and restaurants.

''We don't want them to go,'' said Grossman. ``They are a huge attraction.''

The county will consider the issue at an upcoming meeting. The city will discuss it before the end of the month.

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Where will you play??

The correct answer to that question is the new dome. The actual answer is I don't know.

FAU - THE REAL SLEEPING GIANT
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Bobcat stadium

GO OWLS!
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OK..so here is how a recruiting visit will go...yes here on the north side of Glades is our lovely campus....this is the Oxley building where we train.....now lets all hop in the new FAU mobile and take it across the street to our home field..... And here we are... Bobcat Stadium! or im sorry, the Owls nest! here at Boca Raton HIGH SCHOOL....see where im going with this...WE NEED A STADIUM ON CAMPUS! Damn it...bleachers, field...all it takes!!!!sorry about the sarcasm...its just really frustrating for someone like me who wants nothing but the best for this university and its football program which i was once apart of. GO OWLS
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Here's some pictures of the construction of our new on-campus stadium being built!

http://fausports.cstv.com/sports/c-track/spec-rel/080206aaa.html
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