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Stadium Vote Passes

Wed., March 20, 1996, midnight

Voters approved a half-cent sales tax increase to pay for two new stadiums, but the battle to keep the Bengals and Reds in town is only half over.

The issue was passing 61 percent to 39 percent with 99 percent of the ballots counted, according to the Associated Press.

“This is a great moment in my life,” said Bengals owner Mike Brown, who said his team could not afford to remain in Cincinnati for long without a new stadium.

Reds owner Marge Schott, who had declined to endorse or campaign for the tax, was less effusive.

“If the people think sports in this town is important, that’s what we should do,” she said.

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