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Sports Arena Still a Possibility

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RALEIGH — Shrinking plans down to size may be what ittakes to help get a new sports arena in Raleigh. Designers will down-sizethe plans for the State Fairgrounds venue so that construction costs willbe reduced by as much as $5 million to $10 million.

Raleigh Mayor Tom Fetzer says unless the designers cut costs, therewill be no arena."I think a clear message has gone to the arena authority that they need toplan for a smaller facility and we will find out to what extent they agreewith that and what progress they've made toward that end," said Fetzer.

One group wants a National Hockey League franchise to play in the newarena. That group will unveil its plans for the expansion team next week.

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