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Red Sox officials announced Friday that they have "accelerated their timetable for moving out" of Fenway Park and hope to be playing in a new stadium by 2001, according to the BOSTON GLOBE. Red Sox CEO John Harrington told the state commission planning a Boston convention-sports complex, dubbed the Megaplex: "We really don't want to leave Fenway. The problem is the 83-year-old stadium has become economically obsolete." Harrington said he believes the team could finance a $150M stadium if it is given a 15-acre site and the state pays for parking and highway improvements. The team prefers a new ballpark in South Boston -- an area that would fit their desire to be close to mass transit, highways and parking garages. Harrington also told the commission that they hope to persuade MLB to hold the All-Star game in Boston 2001, the 100th anniversary of the Red Sox, whether a new stadium is ready or not (Richard Kindleberger, BOSTON GLOBE, 4/29).
Camden County, NJ, officials, working with former Eagles QB Ron Jaworski and Gloucester Mayor Sandy Love, is putting together plans to build an office park and practice facility for the Eagles (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 4/30)....The proposed downtown arena in Washington, DC, "is under fire from members of influential historical groups," according to the WASHINGTON TIMES. Both the Fine Arts Commission and the D.C. Preservation League have said that building a new arena in the proposed location, near some treasured historical buildings, "would irreversibly damage the city's unusual grid of diagonal avenues" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 4/29)....In Cincinnati, Hamilton County officials will vote today on hiring marketing firm, Northlich Stolley LaWarre, to gauge public opinion on sports stadium issues. The firm, chosen by the Stadium Task Force, may spend up to $50,000 from a state grant administered by the county (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/29). Columnist Paul Daughtery recommends dealing with the Bengals' stadium concerns before the Reds, because the "Reds aren't going anywhere" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/30).