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Tacoma: City records shed no light on mystery Tacoma Dome donor

As a contracted maintenance crew ambled onto the Tacoma Dome’s grimy rooftop this morning to begin an overdue scrub down, the identity of the donor who’s paying for the work remains a mystery.

Records released by the city Friday in response to The News Tribune’s public disclosure request indicate city officials don’t even know the donor’s identity — at least, on paper.

Rather, the records only show that an unpaid intermediary — Tom Luce, the director of the Executive Council for a Greater Tacoma — approached the city in early March with the donor’s conditional gift. According to a signed

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City Council seeks Tacoma Dome feasibility study to draw NBA, NHL to town

Tacoma’s mayor and City Council say they want to know what it would take to revamp the aging Tacoma Dome to draw a pro basketball or hockey team to town – and they’re willing to pay up to $100,000 to find out.

“The NBA will be back in this market,” Mayor Marilyn Strickland said Tuesday. “When they are, I want Tacoma to be in the mix of that discussion.”

Backed by local business leaders and area politicians, the City Council agreed Tuesday to pay for part of a market feasibility study for attracting a National Basketball Association or National Hockey League team to the Dome.

The study would examine options and costs for upgrading the 29-year-old facility to NBA and NHL standards, and determine whether there’s corporate interest to help support such an endeavor, Strickland said.

“We haven’t started any conversations with (NBA Commissioner) David Stern, the NBA or anyone in the NHL,” the mayor said. “…We want to know truthfully and honestly if the Tacoma Dome can support something like this.”

City officials hope Pierce County will share part of the study’s estimated $100,000 cost. The Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board also has committed to contributing $5,000 for the study, Strickland said.

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Tacoma: Council to discuss revamping Tacoma Dome to potentially draw NBA, NHL teams

Tacoma’s City Council is set to discuss revamping the aging Tacoma Dome, including potentially reconfiguring the arena in a way to attract a professional basketball or hockey team to town.

“It’s a very preliminary discussion,” city spokesman Rob McNair-Huff said today.  “The council will be  discussing potentially conducting a feasibility study to remodel (the dome) for an NBA or NHL team .”

If city officials agree to conduct the study, it would examine costs and potential options for upgrades. The study likely would be paid for by city reserve funds, officials said.

City officials have said the 29-year-old public facility,

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