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In Boston, Will McDonough reported that the Red Sox are awaiting a final report from consulting company Arthur Andersen on the economic feasibility of a new Fenway Park. If the report says the team can use their own money to build it and still make a profit, "that's what the team will do." The Red Sox expect to announce their plans "closer to the end of the season" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/27)....CT Gov. John Rowland has told "friends and acquaintances privately, with an air of confidence" that he believes the odds of the Patriots building a new stadium in CT are "nearly 50-50" (HARTFORD COURANT, 6/28)....The 93 luxury suites at the Pepsi Center, set to open in October '99, have already been leased in five- to 10-year commitments. The suites will generate about $12.55M a year in revenue, 93.5% of which will go to Ascent Entertainment and 6.5% to Ascent's partner, Liberty Media (CO Springs GAZETTE-TELEGRAPH, 6/30). ...In St. Paul, Charley Walters wrote that the NHL Wild's new arena could be named the Northern States Power Center or US West Center (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 6/28)....Hurricanes Owner Peter Karmanos has agreed to lead a private fund- raising effort to build a 7,000-seat, $20-25M arena at Wayne State Univ (CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS, 6/15 issue).