Orioles, state meet to ease stadium tension Solutions are sought to impasse over parking

December 04, 1997|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF

A representative of the Orioles and Gov. Parris N. Glendening's office met yesterday to look for ways to ease the tensions between the baseball team and its landlord, the Maryland Stadium Authority.

"It was an excellent, good, constructive meeting. It was part of our effort to significantly improve communications," said John Pica, an attorney in Orioles owner Peter Angelos' office and the former chairman of the city's delegation in the state Senate.

Pica, who is registering as a lobbyist for the Orioles after his mandatory one-year sitting-out period after leaving the General Assembly, met for lunch in Baltimore with Glendening's deputy chief of staff, David Iannucci.

The Orioles and stadium authority have been at loggerheads over how to replace parking lost to Ravens stadium construction. The team bitterly opposes one plan suggested by the state: allowing a private developer to construct an "urban entertainment complex" between the stadiums in exchange for building a parking deck along with it.

Iannucci, too, termed the meeting "constructive" and part of adialogue to solve the thorny problem of parking.

"The governor is pledged to improve communications. The stadium authority is the legal entity overseeing the stadiums and nothing will pre-empt them," Iannucci said.

Pub Date: 12/04/97

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