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EXPANSION OF THE FENS DISMISSED BY SOX; POLL SHOWS SUPPORT

          The idea of "rebuilding and expanding Fenway Park
     gathered steam yesterday, with a statewide poll showing
     overwhelming support for the Red Sox to stay put and the
     formation of a new grass-roots group determined to preserve"
     the ballpark, according to Anthony Flint of the BOSTON
     GLOBE.  The team "continued to deny" that it was "giving
     serious consideration to any such plan."  A spokesperson
     said talk of a redesign was "very premature."  In related
     news, a poll of 400 registered voters by the Beacon Hill
     Institute at Suffolk Univ. showed that 58% of respondents
     statewide supported the team staying at Fenway, while "only"
     20% favored a new park.  Also yesterday, a group of fans,
     residents and business execs formed Save Fenway Park! and
     said they planned to issue a report soon on the viability of
     expanding Fenway (Anthony Flint, BOSTON GLOBE, 1/22).

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