Glendening Asks Stadium Authority, O's `To Settle Down And Cooperate'

April 26, 1997|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF

Concerned about the deteriorating relationship between the Orioles and the Maryland Stadium Authority, Gov. Parris N. Glendening has asked top officials from both organizations to try to work better together.

"I just urged everyone to settle down and cooperate. We're all trying to do the same thing -- we want the Orioles to do well, and we want the public to have convenient parking," Glendening said yesterday.

A simmering feud over parking at Camden Yards boiled over Monday when the Orioles filed suit against the stadium authority, charging it with printing "counterfeit" parking passes.

The state said it had the right to print the passes because it owns the lots around the stadium. With Circuit Court Judge Joseph H.H. Kaplan looking on, the two sides reached a compromise.

The Orioles have complained bitterly about a loss of parking caused by construction of the Ravens' stadium. The state has leased temporary sites around the park while it mulls long-term solutions, including construction of a parking deck on or near Camden Yards.

"I understand we have tough personalities involved, but I've asked everyone to keep their eye on the ball, to use a sports metaphor. Everyone has to be working together," Glendening said.

He and deputy chief of staff David Iannucci have spoken with Orioles owner Peter Angelos and authority chairman John Moag in the past week, encouraging a reduction in hostility.

Pub Date: 4/26/97

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