Patriots Wait ’Til ’02 for Stadium
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) _ The New England Patriots won’t play in their planned new stadium until 2002, a year later than they previously wanted.
``We have been reviewing this in detail with our construction people and it became clear to us in recent weeks that 2001 wasn’t realistic,″ Andrew Wasynczuk, the team’s senior vice president, told The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro.
Wasynczuk had previously said that while the new stadium might be ready next year, 2002 appeared more likely.
To make way for the new stadium, the Patriots are buying up trailer homes that currently occupy the site.
On Wednesday, residents of 50 trailers were notified that they had 180 days to leave the park, which is on land owned by team owner Robert Kraft. The eviction notices had long been expected.
Kraft’s lawyer, Jack Mula, said of the 74 homes in the park, 24 residents have either accepted a buyout from Kraft or have agreed to sell their homes.
Legislation passed last year to pave the way for building a new $225 million stadium includes a provision stating that residents living in the mobile home park must vacate the premises within six months of receiving an eviction notice, rather than the two years’ notice normally required by state law.