Bays target Columbia in 1991

September 20, 1990|By Bill Free

Maryland Bays owner John Liparini said yesterday that the team is "70 percent certain" to play its American Soccer League schedule at Cedar Lane Park in Columbia next season.

Liparini met yesterday with Jeff Bourne, Howard County's director of parks and recreation, and came away with a "promising outlook" for renovations to Cedar Lane Park before the 1991 season.

"We're asking for 500 seats to be added, we want the field to be maintained properly when we're not using it and some kind of new scoreboard installed," said Liparini. "It looks like all of those things are going to be done."

The more pressing problem right now, Liparini said, is getting a 10,000- to 15,000-seat facility built in the Columbia area in time for the 1992 season when the United States Soccer Federation plans to have a national professional outdoor league in place.

Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer's governing body, has mandated that the United States have a national pro outdoor league by 1992 in order to be the host country for the 1994 World Cup.

"The people in the Howard County government are asking me what we need for the new stadium, and I can't tell them because the USSF hasn't told us what is required," said Liparini. "I would think if the USSF is going to have a league in time for 1992, they'd have to start talking about specifics in three or four months."

Liparini said Howard Community College is one potential site, and the Gateway property at the interchange of I-95 and Route 175 is another.

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