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Red Sox Owners Reconfirm Committment To Spending In Order To Win
Published February 21, 2011
FENWAY IN GOOD SHAPE: In Boston, Steve Buckley reports the Red Sox have spent around $285M "in renovations of Fenway Park over the past decade," and the team indicated that they expect the ballpark "to be serviceable well into the 21st century." Lucchino said, "We will have Fenway Park for another 40 or 50 years. It's there, but that doesn't mean you have to be playing there 40 or 50 years. But it means that it has the life expectancy of that long. I always take 10 years off that, so I look at it and say 30 years." Buckley noted the Red Sox' owners have "made many dramatic improvements to Fenway since taking control of the team in the spring of 2002, though adhering to what Lucchino has always referred to as a 'do no harm' mantra in terms of the look and ambience of the facility, which will turn 100 years old next year" (BOSTON HERALD, 2/20).
MAKING A FUTURE PITCH: In Boston, John Tomase noted the Red Sox "would like to host a soccer friendly" involving New England Sports Ventures-owned EPL club Liverpool, but the team does not "anticipate it will happen this summer." Lucchino said that there is "similarly little urgency to get the Red Sox back overseas to play a game in England or Italy" (BOSTON HERALD, 2/20).