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ALL SIGNS POINTING TO PATRIOTS TAKING TRIP DOWN I-95
Published September 15, 1997
RI Gov. Lincoln Almond said he would like to complete a stadium deal with the Patriots this week, but said, "we still have a way to go," according to Karen Lee Ziner of the Providence JOURNAL-BULLETIN. Reacting to reports on Boston news stations yesterday that the team plans to announce a stadium deal with the state of RI "this week," Almond said "we're still verifying things ... It takes a lot of diligence on both sides to finalize figures." Providence Mayor Vincent Cianci "reiterated" that there were a number of issues remaining (JOURNAL-BULLETIN, 9/15). In Boston, Will McDonough reported the Patriots "appear to be a lock" to move to RI, with the state finalizing its offer "within the next month." McDonough added there is "no sweetener" in the deal for Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, as the state will give him the land for the stadium, help with the roadways necessary, contribute "some money" to the construction of the new stadium, and "perhaps" set aside a piece of land at the site that the team can develop (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/13).