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MASS GOV. WELD PUSHING MEGAPLEX; WILL DUMP IT IF NECESSARY
Published December 22, 1994
MA Gov. William Weld told reporters yesterday that a possible $700M megaplex in Boston with both a convention center and sports stadium is "stronger than ever before now that you have the possibility of the Patriots and Red Sox playing in the same facility being actively discussed" (Richard Kindleberger, BOSTON GLOBE, 12/22). Weld said a convention center should be the top priority when the MA Legislature reconvenes in January (Phil Primack, BOSTON HERALD, 12/22). However, Weld said he would sacrifice the stadium being a part of that complex if that was the only way to reach an agreement on a convention center. Weld: "I am in favor of anything at this point, anything." Supporters of the megaplex might have a hard time pushing through a stadium as part convention center as both MA House Speaker Charles Flaherty and MA House Ways and Means Committee Chair Thomas Finneran have opposed spending money on a sports stadium (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/22). Flaherty led the opposition to a failed bill last year that proposed a stadium study (Primack, BOSTON GLOBE, 12/22). SUMMIT? Weld and Boston Mayor Tom Menino are discussing a possible summit between state and local officials in January to help get an agreement on the megaplex. Flaherty supports the idea: "I think it is time to bring all the parties together and hash it out" (Richard Kindleberger, BOSTON GLOBE, 12/22).