Amid all the hoopla surrounding yesterday's baseball game, let's remember one thing: Memorial Stadium isn't closing.
Maryland and Penn State will play a college football game there on Nov. 9. The City-Poly and Calvert Hall-Loyola high school football games on Thanksgiving Day will be played there.
And, if the NFL decides to put an expansion team in Baltimore, then the sights and sounds of pro football will return to 33rd Street for the 1994 season. A Baltimore team would play at Memorial Stadium until a new football stadium is built next to Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
A consultant hired by the city has proposed that the city eventually tear down Memorial Stadium and the old Eastern High School building and replacing them with homes and office buildings built around tree-lined parks and malls.
Specifically, the consultant's recommendations, which if adopted would be implemented in phases over a 15-year period, said that the school should be torn down and replaced as soon as possible with a mix of office and retail buildings that would attract businesses to the area and create jobs. Later, the stadium would be replaced with office buildings along 33rd Street. Behind them, new housing would surround an 8-acre mall to the north.
The consultant said the city should plant trees and other landscaping immediately to give the stadium area a unique identity, reinforcing the idea that the city is planning something special there.