It's official: Baysox will get Bowie home Construction due to begin in July

June 16, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Baseball will be leaving Memorial Stadium once again, but not with the same fanfare as when the Orioles packed up for Camden Yards two years ago.

And certainly, not with the same nostalgic overtones.

It became official yesterday that the Bowie Baysox's stay in Baltimore will end after this season. Construction of a new stadium, located near the intersection of Maryland routes 50 and 301 just outside of Bowie, is to begin next month.

During a ceremony at Bowie City Hall announcing that agreements had been reached to begin construction, Prince George's County Executive Parris Glendening congratulated "not only the ribbon-cutters, but the red-tape cutters who made this possible."

The Orioles' Double-A affiliate has been playing its home games in Baltimore this year. The complicated agreements necessary to build a new stadium included a land transfer from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

Also needed were agreements between adjacent property owners regarding rights of access, and agreements between the M-NCPPC and the Baysox's owner regarding public use of the facility.

"It was just a big step, not so much a relief," said Peter Kirk, chairman of the Maryland Baseball Limited Partnership, which owns the Baysox. "There was a letdown last fall when it didn't get signed. We had to build that momentum back up."

The M-NCPPC will contribute $3 million for construction, and the Baysox organization will pitch in with $1.5 million. The state will provide $2.5 million in cash and $2 million of in-kind contributions.

The new stadium will have a seating capacity of 8,000 and will be built to Triple-A standards to allow for a possible team upgrade in the future. It will be owned by the M-NCPPC but be operated by the Maryland Baseball Limited Partnership.

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