New home in Howard for Bays?

September 20, 1990|By Sandra McKee

Maryland Bays owner John Liparini met with Howard County director of recreation Jeff Bourne yesterday to discuss the future playing site of the American Soccer League champion Bays.

The Bays have an agreement to play their home games at Cedar Lane Park, on Route 108 in Columbia, through the 1991 season. But Liparini has expressed interest in the possible construction of a 10,000- to 15,000-seat facility at Howard Community College.

"We had a very cordial meeting," said Bourne. "John expressed his interests and the community college is very willing to talk about long-range plans. But I'd say this was a very preliminary meeting. At this point it is so preliminary, I wouldn't indicate it was or was not going to happen."

Liparini said he is 70 to 75 percent sure the Bays will play at Cedar Lane Park next season, as a stopgap measure until a future site can be arranged.

"The future of our game demands that we move beyond an

amateur setting to a more professional one," said Liparini. "I was very encouraged by our meeting. Cedar Lane Park is a very nice facility, it has great atmosphere, but ultimately, it will be the U.S. Soccer Federation that will dictate the size of any facility [and all the other details] that will be necessary to participate in a professional outdoor league that has to be established by 1992 in our preparation for the 1994 World Cup.

"Bourne expressed his desire to work with us."

Bourne said everyone has agreed to look at options, come up with necessary questions and pursue the stadium idea from the "what if" perspective. No future meeting has been set, but Bourne said there probably will be another in the near future.

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