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KRAFT OFFERS UMASS USE OF STADIUM IN RETURN FOR STATE HELP
Published November 28, 1994
Patriots Owner Robert Kraft met with UMass President Michael Hooker and offered free use of his facility at Foxboro to the UMass football team. UMass is trying to upgrade its football program to Division 1-A and "one of the hangups" is that its facility is far too small to meet NCAA requirements. Kraft said UMass could "use his facility free of charge if the state were to compensate with the dollars needed to build better highway access, as well as make improvements to the stadium." Kraft, who has called for either a domed stadium as part of a "megaplex" complex in downtown Boston or improvements to Foxboro Stadium, called the proposal a "win-win situation" since costs to the state of building a new stadium are estimated at $100-$150M. The State Highway Department does plan to put "at least" $50M into road improvements along Route 1, but probably not until 1998 (Greenidge & Palmer, BOSTON GLOBE, 11/26). MEGAPLEX SETBACK: The MA Legislature is "considering funding further studies of several sites" for a stand-alone convention center -- another setback for supporters of a convention center/stadium plan (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/27).