Staduim funding stillin effect

December 01, 1993|By Mark Hyman

Baltimore still could get its state-of-the art football stadium, even after NFL owners snubbed the city's bid for an expansion team again yesterday.

All it would take is an NFL franchise willing to play in Baltimore for a few decades. A relocating NFL team would do as well as a new one.

Under legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 1987, revenue bonds that would pay for construction of the new stadium at Camden Yards can be issued when an NFL owner signs a long-term lease to play in Baltimore. An expansion team isn't a requirement.

The legislation doesn't set a deadline for the stadium funding, either, meaning the Maryland Stadium Authority could continue its hunt for a football franchise indefinitely.

"Any time we get a long-term lease -- and the [state] Board of Public Works approves -- we can issue bonds. There's no sunset on this," said Alison L. Asti, the stadium authority's lawyer.

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