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BOSTON'S MEGAPLEX PANEL LAUNCHES NATIOWIDE TOUR
Published April 6, 1995
The MA Megaplex Commission began its three-day tour yesterday with stops in Baltimore and Chicago. In Chicago, the group toured McCormick Place -- a convention center, funded by tourist taxes, currently in the midst of a $987M addition that will increase its size to 2.2 million square feet. In Baltimore, the Baltimore Center and Oriole Park at Camden Yards were toured. The Baltimore Center is undergoing an expansion which will bring it to 300,000 square-feet. The difference, however, is that the Baltimore buildings are in the "heart of downtown," whereas McCormick in Chicago is located south of downtown. The Boston panel is trying to decide which situation would best suit the city (Richard Kindleberger, BOSTON GLOBE, 4/6). Panel member Stephen Tocco said Baltimore "opened my eyes to how the combination of sports and a convention center can together appeal to a marketplace and take advantage of common infrastructure" (Phil Primack, BOSTON HERALD, 4/6). FINAL FOUR IN BOSTON? In today's BOSTON GLOBE, Mark Blaudschun discusses the NCAA's inability to bring the Final Four to the East due to a lack of facilities. Blaudschun argues that if Boston builds a megaplex, the city could handle a Final Four: "While the NCAA will not award a Final Four until a building is operating, there seems little doubt that Boston could get into the mix very quickly, given the proper facilities" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/6).