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MEGAPLEX SUPPORTERS MAY NOW HAVE A "SPLITTING" HEADACHE
Published August 17, 1995
Stephen Tocco, MA Gov. William Weld's "point man" on the megaplex project, said yesterday that the governor's office "might agree to splitting up the project and building its pieces at separate locations," writes Richard Kindleberger in this morning's BOSTON GLOBE. Tocco said the prospects of separate baseball and football stadiums along with a stand-alone convention center "was only an option." However, Kindleberger writes that "his remarks appeared to reflect the dimming prospects for a combined facility." Tocco said yesterday that the breakup of the megaplex may now mean that a new stadium for the Patriots would be an open-air facility. Kindleberger reports "if the megaplex were broken up, the state might help the Patriots" build the facility "since a more-expensive, domed facility would no longer be needed to hold convention-related events. ... Such help might include providing a site and highway-transit improvements." That site could be the CrossTown site rejected for the megaplex in the city's Roxbury section, the GLOBE reports. Tocco suggested that the Patriots and Red Sox could possibly build adjacent stadiums at the CrossTown site and share infrastructure costs. However, Red Sox Exec VP John Buckley "said the team remains committed to its chosen South Boston site" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/17).