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PATRIOTS MAY GET WISH; COMMISSION FAVORS STADIUM & MEGAPLEX

     The 13-member MA Convention Center Commission will vote
today to include a 70,000-seat domed stadium for the Patriots
with a downtown convention center, according to reports in Boston
this morning.  The city had recommended a convention hall-only
plan earlier in the year, and a domed stadium was "once thought
all but politically dead."  However, the commission faces a "big
if" -- whether the complex will be "financially viable."
Commission members met yesterday with Patriots Owner Robert
Kraft, and the group "plans to soon hire a special consultant"
with NFL experience to negotiate a draft lease.  Commission Co-
Chair Robert Travaglini said a full facility "will pass
legislative muster" only if the Patriots, Boston hoteliers, and
other "private players are financially involved."  A commission
subcommittee will also meet with Red Sox officials about a new
ballpark, as panel members toured Fenway Park yesterday (Phil
Primack, BOSTON HERALD, 4/19).
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