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SOX SAY NO TO EXTENSIVE FENWAY EXPANSION

     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).
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