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).