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  • NEW BOSTON GARDEN TO BE CALLED "FLEET CENTER"

         FleetCenter will be the new name for the new Boston Garden,
    according to this morning's BOSTON GLOBE.  Fleet CEO Terrence
    Murray confirmed the choice in advance of today's news
    conference.  Fleet obtained the $30M naming rights to the
    building when it agreed to acquire Shawmut Bank.  Murray:
    "Personally,I have great feelings and memories of the Boston
    Garden. ... But Fleet [which plans to move its HQs to Boston] is
    bringing an $80 billion institution to Boston, and we feel it is
    important to show the people of Boston and New England that we
    have a long-term commitment to the community."  New Boston Garden
    Corp. President Larry Moulter:  "When the Garden closes, the
    memories go with it. It's time to move on and create new
    memories. ... Without the $30 million for the naming rights, this
    building would not be in the process of becoming a reality."
    FleetCenter is scheduled to open this Fall (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/16).
         BOSOX WANT IN ON CONVENTION CENTER TALKS:  Red Sox VP John
    Buckley said that the team is "willing to work as co-developer of
    a convention center and baseball park complex in Boston."
    Previously, the 13-member commission reviewing convention center
    needs in the city "has so far focused mainly on whether a
    football stadium should be included."  Buckley:  "We really want
    to be involved with anyone trying to tie together planning around
    a convention center, the central artery, other infrastructure and
    the Patriots" (Phil Primack, BOSTON HERALD, 3/15).
    

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