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SOX SAY NO TO EXTENSIVE FENWAY EXPANSION
Published March 17, 1995
The Red Sox dismissed a plan by the Boston Redevelopment Authority to expand and rebuild Fenway Park on its current site. The plan, unveiled yesterday at a news conference, would expand capacity to 45,000 seats and add 73 luxury boxes. The Red Sox currently have the smallest capacity in MLB. Red Sox VP John Buckley said the team has already looked into expanding Fenway Park, but it has never "come out as feasible because of added cost, parking, traffic and neighborhood concerns." Buckley has said the team is willing to play an "active role" involving a joint venture with the Patriots on a downtown Megaplex (Phil Primack, BOSTON HERALD, 3/17). Red Sox GM Dan Duquette: "Our orientation is toward a new facility. These things generally take five or eight years and we're in the early stages" (Paul Doyle, HARTFORD COURANT, 3/17). MEGAPLEX PANEL ON THE ROAD: The commission studying sites for a convention center in Boston said they will travel to four cities next month to "weigh whether a domed stadium should be part of the project." Among the cities being toured will be Atlanta, New Orleans, St. Louis and Indianapolis (Richard Kindleberger, BOSTON GLOBE, 3/16).