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Reacting to a Friday BOSTON HERALD report that the Red Sox are "willing to invest" in a downtown convention center complex if a stadium is included, MA House Ways and Means Chair Thomas Finneran said the complex could be "delayed a year" to include a stadium. Finneran: "If we add a new baseball stadium, it's not clear it will fit on the sites reviewed by the [Boston Redevelopment Authority] and we may have to start all over again." Boston Mayor Tom Menino "stressed" that his administration "is committed to meeting" the Red Sox's needs, noting that there is room for a new Fenway Park on the proposed convention center site. But Menino added that the city and state are "losing important business and tax revenue" with every day that they delay (Meg Vaillancourt, BOSTON GLOBE, 11/12).
A new Republican Anne Arundel County Council could mean a panel that is "pro-development and likely favorable" to a new Redskins stadium, but they could also "remain neutral and leave the matter up to the Board of Appeals" (Matt Neufield, WASHINGTON TIMES, 11/11). Anne Arundel business leaders are drafting a plan for the stadium proposal, "skirting a lengthy zoning appeals process and going straight to" the new council. The Anne Arundel Trade Council, headed by Annapolis National Bank President and CEO Richard Morgan, will "likely" present the plan to County Executive-elect John Gary. Gary's advisers say he "would consider a stadium proposal if it addressed" objections cited by a county official who rejected the original plan over traffic and environmental impact concerns. Citizens Against The Stadium II President Jeanne Mignon has "nothing but contempt" for the strategy and said the group would dispute it (Justin Blum, WASHINGTON POST, 11/12).
FANS Inc.'s Thomas Eagleton announced Friday that if the Rams decide to relocate to St. Louis, they will have to play the first two months of the '95 season in Busch Stadium. Eagleton said that completion of the 75,000-seat dome would not be until October 25, and to ensure completion by the start of the season would cost an additional $11-20M. Lawrence Akey, Exec Dir of the St. Louis Stadium Authority, said that uncertainty in the weather and unforseen labor problems make a September 1 dome opening nearly impossible: "We certainly don't want to do anything that would jeopardize any opportunity of acquiring the Rams" (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 11/12).