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RED SOX GET SOME BIG NAMES BEHIND THEIR STADIUM PLANS
Published December 6, 1994
MA House Speaker Charles Flathery called for the Legislature to "authorize an umbrella study" of a convention center/stadium plan before the end of the current session. Flathery made these remarks after meeting yesterday with two top Red Sox officials. Red Sox VP John Buckley said the team is concerned that if the city moves forward with a "just a megaplex or convention center," plans for a baseball facility may be neglected and that the team "wants to be involved in the overall convention and sports facilities planning (Phil Primack, BOSTON HERALD, 12/6). REDSTONE PARK? Sponsors of a proposed 70,000-seat stadium and a "rebuilt" Fenway Park are "aggressively pitching the idea to potential investors," including Viacom Chair Sumner Redstone. Although city support seems to be "flagging" for a combined convention center-stadium, architects behind the idea will meet with Redstone's daughter, Shari, about the proposal. The Red Sox' Buckley "expressed skepticism about whether Fenway Park could be rebuilt on site and expanded to the 48,000 seats needed" (Kindleberger & Vaillancourt, BOSTON GLOBE, 12/6).