Friday, December 27, 2002

Big names on VIP list for Cinergy demolition



By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Governor Bob Taft, U.S. Rep. Rob Portman, Bengals owner Mike Brown and Mayor Charlie Luken are on the list.

It's a virtual who's who.

They are among the local, state and federal officials invited to the VIP viewing area inside Paul Brown Stadium for the Cinergy Field demolition Sunday, when it will fall in an explosive 37-second final act.

Eric Stuckey, assistant county administrator, said the county had invited more than 300 people. All told, about 2,000 people - including media, and front office officials from the Reds and the Bengals - are expected and most are guests of O'Rourke Wrecking Co., which is carrying out the demolition.

"Our list is 300 to 400 people," Mr. Stuckey said. "And the plaza outside is open for the public. People can watch from there."

O'Rourke would not share the names on its list. Jacquelyn Schruger, vice president of O'Rourke Wrecking, said, "It's our deal and it's our party."

Among known invitees are: Hamilton County Commissioners, Cincinnati City Council, state and national political officials, contractors who have worked on the stadium, and front office types from the two professional sports teams.

E-mail dklepal@enquirer.com

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