Voters approve tax increases to pay for stadium
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys scored a victory at the polls Tuesday in Arlington -- to the tune of $325 million.
Arlington voters approved tax increases to help pay for about half of a proposed 75,000-seat, retractable-roof stadium that will be among the league's largest.
Pro-stadium campaign guru Rob Allyn called the victory "a historic moment for America's team and for the economy of the region."
Opponent Warren Norred said the vote was a victory for taking money from the people and giving it to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
But Norred said: "Life goes on."
The decision means the team will move to Arlington when its lease at Texas Stadium in Irving, where Dallas has played since 1971, expires in 2008.
The $650 million stadium will be built next to the Texas Rangers' ballpark. Arlington is about 15 miles west of Dallas, but the team will still be called the Dallas Cowboys.
San Francisco County passed a referendum late Tuesday night to restore the name of the 49ers' stadium to "Candlestick Park."
St. Louis County voters were approving, by a wide margin, a proposal to mandate referendums for any public funding for the development of a professional sports facility, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported late Tuesday night.
The amendment to the county's charter would prohibit the county from making payments on a $45 million bond issue to help finance a new stadium for the Cardinals in downtown St. Louis unless voters approve it, supporters have said.
With about 65 percent of precincts reporting, the proposal was passing 72 percent to 28 percent, according to the Post-Dispatch.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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