6,000 sign petition for a stadium

February 22, 1994|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Sun Staff Writer

As the result of incorrect information received from an official of the Citizens for a Planned Stadium in Laurel, The Sun inaccurately reported yesterday the number of petition signatures gathered by that group. CPSL has gathered 1,000 petition signatures. The Redskins organization had previously gathered 5,000 signatures.

The Sun regrets the error.

A citizens group supporting the plans of Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke to build a stadium for his team in Laurel says it has collected more than 6,000 signatures on a pro-stadium petition since it was organized last week.

D. Craig Horn, chairman of Citizens for a Planned Stadium in Laurel, announced the total during a lunch-time news conference at a Laurel bar.


About 45 people, many decked out in Redskin burgundy and gold, gathered at Sam and Elsie's pub on U.S. 1 to eat lunch and demonstrate their support for the stadium in their town.

"Bring a Planned Stadium to Laurel," read signs the group had hung on the walls of the tavern.

Laurel resident "Redskin Betty" Neal wore a burgundy and gold feathered headdress, matching beaded earrings and a Redskins jacket for the occasion. She carried pom-poms.

Most local folks support the stadium, she said. "Plus, I'm an NFL fan," she said.

"The area needs the boost," said Faye Furr, Sam and Elsie's owner.

Her niece, Pam Wood, said, "We need more jobs in the area. I've been out of a job since October."

Outside, restaurant manager Harvey Hall unveiled a 6-foot, plywood cutout of a Redskins helmet, which is to be hoisted to the roof of the restaurant when weather permits, Mr. Hall said.

Mike Sanford, owner of the Greene Turtle, another Laurel restaurant, said his establishment had collected 500 to 600 pro-stadium signatures. Very few people had declined to sign, he said.

Mr. Horn said the petitions will be presented to elected officials in Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Howard and Montgomery counties, as well as to Mr. Cooke.

To date, Mr. Horn said, his group has collected $700 to $800, which will be used to print fliers and buy buttons and bumper stickers.

The group also has scheduled a public meeting from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on March 11 at the Laurel Elementary School to discuss stadium plans, he said.

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