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It's Do-or-Die for Arena

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Architect's rendering of proposed arena.
RALEIGH — The time has come for Wake County and Raleighdecision-makers to, as they say, put up or shut up if they want a shot ata National Hockey League expansion team here.

Prospective owner Felix Sabates says he needs an arena lease by Fridayor he'll pull out of negotiations.

Those on the committee to raise funds for the arena say they can'treach an agreement until city and county officials work out theirdifferences.

Sims Hinds of the Centennial Authority says he's taking a wait-and-seeattitude about Sabates' alleged timetable.

Business leaders and arena supporters will meet with Sabates in FloridaFriday, where they hope to buy some time to keep franchise hopes alive.

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