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Volume 24 No. 114

Facilities Venues

     Reacting to a Friday BOSTON HERALD report that the Red Sox
are "willing to invest" in a downtown convention center complex
if a stadium is included, MA House Ways and Means Chair Thomas
Finneran said the complex could be "delayed a year" to include a
stadium.  Finneran:  "If we add a new baseball stadium, it's not
clear it will fit on the sites reviewed by the [Boston
Redevelopment Authority] and we may have to start all over
again."  Boston Mayor Tom Menino "stressed" that his
administration "is committed to meeting" the Red Sox's needs,
noting that there is room for a new Fenway Park on the proposed
convention center site.  But Menino added that the city and state
are "losing important business and tax revenue" with every day
that they delay (Meg Vaillancourt, BOSTON GLOBE, 11/12).

     A new Republican Anne Arundel County Council could mean a
panel that is "pro-development and likely favorable" to a new
Redskins stadium, but they could also "remain neutral and leave
the matter up to the Board of Appeals" (Matt Neufield, WASHINGTON
TIMES, 11/11).  Anne Arundel business leaders are drafting a plan
for the stadium proposal, "skirting a lengthy zoning appeals
process and going straight to" the new council.  The Anne Arundel
Trade Council, headed by Annapolis National Bank President and
CEO Richard Morgan, will "likely" present the plan to County
Executive-elect John Gary.  Gary's advisers say he "would
consider a stadium proposal if it addressed" objections cited by
a county official who rejected the original plan over traffic and
environmental impact concerns.  Citizens Against The Stadium II
President Jeanne Mignon has "nothing but contempt" for the
strategy and said the group would dispute it (Justin Blum,
WASHINGTON POST, 11/12).

     FANS Inc.'s Thomas Eagleton announced Friday that if the
Rams decide to relocate to St. Louis, they will have to play the
first two months of the '95 season in Busch Stadium.  Eagleton
said that completion of the 75,000-seat dome would not be until
October 25, and to ensure completion by the start of the season
would cost an additional $11-20M.  Lawrence Akey, Exec Dir of the
St. Louis Stadium Authority, said that uncertainty in the weather
and unforseen labor problems make a September 1 dome opening
nearly impossible:  "We certainly don't want to do anything that
would jeopardize any opportunity of acquiring the Rams" (Jim
Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 11/12).