Giants, N.J. reach deal

By wire services
Published April 14, 2005

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants reached an agreement Wednesday with the state of New Jersey that will allow the team to build a new $750-million stadium in the Meadowlands.

The Associated Press reported that the deal was for 40 years. It also called for the Giants to receive 75 acres of Meadowlands property - the current stadium site is 28 acres - and gives the team all money earned through the sale of naming rights.

The announcement by the governor's office followed several conversations between acting Gov. Richard J. Codey and John Mara, the Giants' chief operating officer. "This is a good deal for New Jersey taxpayers," Codey said.

WHITE HOUSE VISIT: President Bush welcomed the Patriots to the White House for the third time in his four years in office. "The commentators would say, "Well, they're not the flashiest bunch, they're not the fanciest bunch,"' the president said during a ceremony in the Rose Garden. "They just happen to be the best team."

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A moment of silence will be conducted this weekend at all eight league games for Al Lucas, the Los Angeles Avengers and former Storm lineman who died after a game Sunday. Also, all players will wear a No.76 helmet decal the rest of the season.

STORM KICKOFF CHANGED: Kickoff for the Storm's game at Austin on Sunday has been moved from 1 to 4 p.m. after NBC dropped the game from its broadcast schedule.

--Times staff writer Frank Pastor contributed to this report