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SOUTH BOSTON RESIDENTS COME OUT TO OPPOSE NEW PATS STADIUM
Published January 9, 1997
Over 1,300 attended a two-hour meeting in South Boston to discuss the possibility of building a football stadium in the neighborhood, according to Tina Cassidy of the BOSTON GLOBE. Throughout the meeting, residents and politicians "expressed loud opposition" to the Patriots' bid to build a $200M stadium in South Boston and "not one" person spoke in favor of Patriots Owner Robert Kraft's proposal. Kraft was called a "coward" for not attending the meeting, during which local leaders "spent most of the night calling the team owner dishonest as well for saying he would not build the stadium if the community is against it." Cassidy reports that while Kraft said he had committed to other business obligations before receiving an invitation to the meeting, sources said the Pats' owner was concerned that "a hostile audience would make it difficult for him to explain the proposal in detail" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/9). Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, on the Patriots playoff run putting new focus on the stadium issue: "It's getting a little crazy. ... Because of all the excitement, Kraft sees an opportunity and thinks he'll play on the emotions of the people. And he's doing it" (Brian Mooney, BOSTON GLOBE, 1/9). Tina Cassidy reported in yesterday's BOSTON GLOBE that RI Gov. Lincoln Almond called Kraft to say the state was willing to help the team find a new home "within it's borders" if a new stadium deal cannot be sealed in MA (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/8).