PITTER-PATS: ROWLAND SIGNS BILL FOR STADIUM SPENDING IN CT
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).