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BOSTONIANS HOPE FLEET DON'T FAIL THEM NOW
Published March 9, 1995
A decision on a new name for the "short-lived" Shawmut Center may come as early as this Friday, according to Steff Gelston of the BOSTON HERALD. Fleet Financial Group acquired Shawmut Bank last month, included the naming rights to the new Boston Garden. According to Fitch Inc., a Boston firm responsible for developing the new logo for the arena, Fleet has narrowed their name choices to three. Fitch Inc. would not comment, but other sources believe that "Fleet Forum," "Fleet Arena" and "Fleet Center" are the contenders. "Fleet Garden" has been ruled out "because it was feared that Bostonians would revert to calling the new arena what they've always called it: 'the Garden'" (BOSTON HERALD, 3/8). Bob Ryan says that Fleet would be wasting its money by putting its name on the arena because fans will always call it "the Garden" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/8). AND THE PATS: MA Gov. Bill Weld will delay filing legislation to assist Patriots Owner Robert Kraft until he sees whether a legislative panel deals with Patriots-related needs. In January, Weld said he would file a bill within 30 days calling for up to $100M in state funds to improve state roads and parking near Foxboro. That bill is now on hold (Phil Primack, BOSTON HERALD, 3/8).