SBD/8/Facilities Venues


     Boston leaders angrily reacted to yesterday's reports that
officials in RI and CT are discussing "multimillion-dollar
incentives" with Patriots Owner Robert Kraft in an attempt to
attract the team.  Boston Mayor Thomas Menino criticized Kraft
for "exploring stadium and summer training option in Rhode
Island, while discussion similar issues with officials here."
Menino: "Next time its Maine.  I'm getting a little frustrated.
... If you don't want us to look for a stadium in the city
separate from a convention center, tell us.  We're wasting a lot
of time and energy on this issue" (Meyer & Estes, BOSTON HERALD,
12/8).  Patriots spokesperson Don Lowery said "there is no
threat.  We are just trying to pursue what's prudent for us in
the long term."  Lowery did say that discussions with CT were
"fleeting and informal and not pursued" (Kindleberger, BOSTON
GLOBE, 12/8).  RI officials say a new stadium could be built
"without legislative approval" with up to $250M in funds
available from the RI Port Authority.  In CT, officials have not
"made a firm offer," but have "discussed something similar" to
the package they offered the Rams: a 60,000-seat stadium, $86M
signing bonus and $20M training center (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/7).
     SOX CHANGE THEIR TUNE:  A top Red Sox official said the team
would consider sharing a home with the Patriots.  This could
"reshape the megaplex debate in the city," as it had been focused
around a dual convention center/domed stadium facility (Meyer &
Estes, BOSTON HERALD, 12/8).
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