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PATRIOTS' KRAFT CONTINUES BORDER PATROL; MEETS WITH CT EXECS

          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).

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