ATLANTA -- Hillsborough County, Fla., has committed itself to helping finance a pair of bond-funded sports projects in the Tampa area: a $110 million ice hockey arena and a $20 million spring training facility for baseball's New York Yankees.

Last Wednesday, county commissioners approved, by a 5-to-2 vote, up to $3.5 million a year to fund over 30 years a stadium for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League, according to Ed Hunzeker, assistant county administrator for financial services.

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