League to assess stadium plans

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

A representative of Baltimore's NFL expansion effort is scheduled today to present the city's stadium plans to a consultant hired by the league to assess the designs of the five cities seeking a team.

Bruce Hoffman, executive director of the Maryland Stadium Authority, flew to Kansas City, Mo., for the session, being held at the headquarters of Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, the architectural firm that has been hired or is expected to be hired by all the cities seeking a team.

Baltimore is competing with St. Louis; Memphis, Tenn.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Jacksonville, Fla., for one of two teams.

Hoffman said he considers Baltimore's plans for a new, publicly funded stadium to be a plus for its application. St. Louis also is planning a publicly funded stadium/convention center, which is already under construction, and Charlotte is seeking a privately funded one. The other cities are planning publicly funded renovations of old facilities.

"I can't imagine anybody designing and building a stadium any better than us," said Hoffman.

Roger Goodell, the NFL official spearheading expansion, said the league is using the meetings to review whether each city's stadium budget is reasonable, whether the facility can be built on time, and if it will be state of the art.

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