NFL bid kicks into gear with chance to take seat

July 02, 1993|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,Staff Writer

For Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, the NFL keeps getting closer.

"I can almost see it. I can touch it. I can see the stadium, the national championship right here in Baltimore," Schmoke said.

Schmoke spoke yesterday at the ceremonial opening of the NFL information headquarters as the city kicked off its campaign to sell luxury seats at Baltimore's proposed football stadium.

Located on the second floor of the Gallery at Harborplace, the AstroTurf-carpeted center is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and noon to 4 p.m. weekends. Workers at the center will answer questions and accept completed applications and deposit checks.

Deposits will be returned with interest if the city doesn't win an expansion franchise.

Baltimore is competing with four other cities -- St. Louis, Charlotte, N.C.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Jacksonville, Fla. -- for one of two teams to be added to the league.

The city is trying to sell out the 100 sky boxes and 7,500 club seats at the proposed stadium before Sept. 3.

Herbert J. Belgrad, chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority, declined to provide partial results of the first day's sales. Many of the sky boxes already had informal commitments before the drive began, and there are 14 applications pending on the eight $105,000 boxes, he said. A lottery will be held to determine the winners.

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