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PITTER-PATS: ROWLAND SIGNS BILL FOR STADIUM SPENDING IN CT
Published January 13, 1999
CT Gov. John Rowland "signed into law Tuesday a bill authorizing" $374M in state spending for a stadium and training facility for the Patriots in Hartford, according to Mike Swift of the HARTFORD COURANT. Rowland then "resumed" his attempt to help CT and the Patriots finalize a development agreement "that will obligate the state to pay for a riverfront stadium in Hartford -- and the Patriots to build it, manage it and play there for 30 years." Friday is the deadline for completion of the development agreement, although the deadline "could be extended by mutual consent." Rowland said the "biggest remaining hurdle" is "clearing the stadium site," which includes reaching a deal to relocate the headquarters of the CT Natural Gas Corp. and a steam plant (HARTFORD COURANT, 1/13). In Boston, Tina Cassidy writes that CT execs "are nearing an agreement" on relocating the steam plant (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/13).