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PATRIOTS FLIRTING WITH HARTFORD AGAIN?
Published November 4, 1994
"There is still a remote chance the Patriots could move to Hartford." Patriots Dir of Public Relations Dan Lowery said the team will explore other stadium possibilities in New England if the MA Legislature does not provide funding for improvements to Foxboro Stadium. The Patriots are seeking $50-70M to upgrade the stadium. An attempt to lure the Patriots to Hartford ended last January, when Bob Kraft bought the team. The CT Legislature had approved financing for a $252.1M stadium, based on an NFL team moving to the city (Terry Price, HARTFORD COURANT, 11/4). In Boston, Joan Vennochi notes what Kraft wants from MA is "more than what the governor can support" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/2). Today's HARTFORD COURANT also reports that UConn is likely to move to Division 1-A in football, "contingent" on the building of a new stadium, probably in the Hartford area. THE PROVIDENCE SOLUTION? Outgoing RI Gov. Bruce Sundlun proposed a domed stadium for the Pats in Providence. After approving $200,000 in improvements at the team's training facilities, Sundlun said a stadium in RI should be considered because the team "can't make it at Foxboro." Sundlun's reasons: 65% of season tickets are sold south of Foxboro; Hartford is a New York market; the NFL is not going to let the team leave New England, the 6th largest TV market; and "most critical of all," the NFL "has reached the point where it will be a participant (in building a stadium)" (Paul Kenyon, PROVIDENCE JOURNAL-BULLETIN, 11/3).