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RED SOX WANT TO BE MORE THAN JUST A PART OF THE MEGAPLEX
Published May 5, 1995
Red Sox owners, "set to choose the site for a new park in about two weeks, now want to include -- and help finance -- hotel and retail developments on that property," according to Phil Primack in today's BOSTON HERALD. Red Sox Exec VP John Buckley said the team wants the MA megaplex commission to know its site choice "well before" the commission's June 1 deadline to recommend the nature and location of a new facility. Buckley said the Red Sox want to be "financial players in more than just a new baseball stadium": "We're ready to put together a plan to make this investment not just in a baseball stadium alone, but there should be hotel and retail space that we want to be part of in a financial way as well. I see the baseball franchise as the anchor in a major development." While Buckley said the team will work with the commission, they are prepared to pursue their project independently as well. The commission is currently divided on whether to include a domed stadium as part of convention center/megaplex. Buckley, on sharing a facility with the Patriots: "A retractable roof of some kind is still a possibility, but only if we can design it in such a way that we can still play on natural grass. Looking at the state of stadium technology as of now, a shared stadium is not a possibility" (BOSTON HERALD, 5/5). LOOKING FOR A DEVELOPER: State megaplex planners said they have talked with several private developers to see whether one would be interested in building a convention-sports complex. The commission's interest in a private developer "appears fueled in part" by a report that a "convention hall joined to a domed stadium could cost" nearly $1B and not generate enough tax revenue to cover its debt and expenses (Richard Kindleberger, BOSTON GLOBE, 5/4).