The Washington Redskins appeared to move a step closer to getting approval to build a 78,600-seat football stadium in Washington yesterday when owner Jack Kent Cooke met with District of Columbia officials at his Virginia farm.
Washington Mayor Sharon Pratt Dixon said after the meeting: "I expect that the City Council and I will soon come to an agreement with Mr. Cooke to build a 78,600-seat stadium in Washington. We are moving toward such a conclusion."
John A. Wilson, chairman of the council, said, "I join Mayor Dixon in confirming the expectation that the District Council should reach a satisfactory understanding with Mr. Cooke regarding his new stadium."
Cooke said: "Some of the problems that we've previously faced now seem to have been removed. I look forward to the completion of negotiations which have been conducted in an atmosphere of mutual cooperation and understanding."
The Redskins, who have sold out every non-strike game since 1966 and have thousands of fans on their season-ticket waiting list, have a seating capacity of 55,672 at RFK Stadium. The stadium lacks luxury boxes, an important source of revenue for most teams.
* The first contingent of Redskins rookies arrived arrived yesterday at Redskin Park for two weeks of classroom and field drills.
Under an agreement the NCAA reached with the NFL, rookies were banned from training facilities until June 1 after a weekend minicamp ended early last month.
The rookies are expected to start on-the-field drills tomorrow with selected veterans, including the quarterbacks. Bobby Wilson, a defensive lineman who was the team's top draft pick, was not due at camp yesterday. The drills are mainly for receivers, running backs, quarterbacks, defensive backs and linebackers.
After the two weeks of orientation, the rookies will have a month off before reporting to training camp in Carlisle, Pa., July 14, when they will be allowed to put on pads for the first time.