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PATRIOTS' KRAFT CONTINUES BORDER PATROL; MEETS WITH CT EXECS
Published June 1, 1998
CT Gov. John Rowland and Phoenix Home Life Mutual Insurance CEO Robert Fiondella met last week with Patriots Owner Robert Kraft and NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, but no plans to lure the Patriots to a potential new stadium in Hartford have been announced, according to Christopher Keating of the HARTFORD COURANT. CT officials "were cautious about raising any expectations" about a possible move by the team, since the state has been talking to the Patriots, "off and on, for the past five years without any stadium ever being built." The talks come as plans to provide a $33M monorail system for transportation to the new sports complex were proposed on Friday (HARTFORD COURANT, 5/30). Kraft and Tagliabue were given "a view of the city's future" during their meetings in Hartford, described as "a series of discussions." The talks took place at Fiondella's offices, overlooking the riverfront site of the planned $1B Adriaen's Landing development, which includes a domed arena that "could seat as many as" 50,000. Sources said that Rowland also met with Kraft earlier in May, and that Kraft "was observed in Hartford consulting with architects from HOK Sport" (Ken Davis, HARTFORD COURANT, 5/30).