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RED SOX WANT TO BE MORE THAN JUST A PART OF THE MEGAPLEX

     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).
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