In Sunday's editions, it was reported incorrectly that the...


March 15, 1992

In Sunday's editions, it was reported incorrectly that the MARC station at Bowie State will be the most convenient for Annapolis-area fans riding to Oriole Park at Camden Yards. In fact, the station is on MARC's Penn Line, which does not go to the new ballpark. According to a MARC spokesman, there is no convenient train service to the new ballpark from the Annapolis area.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Dear Stadium Doctor:

I have heard rumors that if Baltimore gets a football team, the new stadium would be built downtown next to Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Many of my friends and I have argued where exactly this stadium would be built. There just doesn't seem to be enough room for anything else to be built around there. Please settle our argument.

Also, I was wondering how many feet it was from home plate to the warehouse down the right-field line.

Bobby Singh



Dear Bobby Singh:

Thanks for writing and for raising these questions, which show you are a loyal and devoted baseball fan. That, or you would like very much to get your name in the paper.

The football stadium would be built smack in the middle of what is now the baseball parking lot. As you suggest, this could eliminate a few parking spaces and create a minor problem for the Maryland Stadium Authority, which is obligated to provide the Orioles with 5,000 spaces.

Several options might be considered to alleviate this problem. Among them are acquiring more land for more parking and/or building structured lots on the stadium site itself. With the Orioles' approval, the stadium authority might even lease additional spaces in nearby lots. Any of these alternatives would very expensive. So, let's not think about it.

=1 The answer to your second question: 460 feet.

Dear Stadium Doctor:

Can you please answer a personal question for me? Approximately how much is the new stadium going to cost to build? I am reporting about new projects that are being worked on in Maryland. Thank you!

C. Goel

Havre de Grace

Dear C. Goel:

I can give you numbers. Hoo, boy, can I give you numbers, from the cost of the quick-draining playing field ($941,730) to furniture for the swank club lounge ($302,160).

But let's make it simple. The cost of buying the land, knocking down buildings and relocating businesses from the site was about $100 million. The cost of building the stadium was about $106 million.

An esteemed colleague, Stadium Accountant, tells me this adds up to about $206 million.

Dear Stadium Doctor:

With all the talk about various means of transportation to take to the new stadium, there has been little information for Orioles fans coming from the south, i.e., Annapolis and Virginia.

5) Please let us know about our options.

Michael Ballard


Dear Michael Ballard:

It's true that mass transit is not as accessible for you as for some people I know -- and a few I do not. But you do have options.

For now, buses probably are your best bet. There are two park-and-ride routes operating in your general area -- one originating in Severna Park, another in Parole.

Another possibility is MARC, the commuter rail line uniting Union Station in Washington and the new ballpark. According to my map, the station of choice for you would be Bowie State.

In time, light rail may be an even more appealing option. But there's not much point in considering it now, because the system's southern spur won't open for several months.

The best thing I could advise is to get a brochure on mass transit to the ballpark. It answers a lot of questions. And it's free. Call (410) 539-5000.

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