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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).
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