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OPINIONS ON BUILDING STADIUMS OR ARENAS
Published November 29, 1994
WASHINGTON, DC: A WASHINGTON POST editorial notes that another deadline arrives Thursday in the timetable for building a downtown arena. The Redevelopment Land Agency is scheduled to act on a recommendation to turn over city land to a non-profit coalition of business and civic leaders, known as the National Capital Development Corp. (NCDC). This group would build the arena through the sale of bonds, about half of which would be publicly issued and backed by the city. A second proposal by BET President Robert Johnson is tied to his "insistence" that he be allowed to buy a piece of the Bullets and have first right-of- refusal to buy the team outright from Abe Pollin. The editorial notes that Johnson's campaign "has included one disturbing swipe at home rule" for the District, in that he has said he would not hesitate to take his proposal to Congress, rather than work with the DC City Council (WASHINGTON POST, 11/29). NO MORE STADIUMS? Paul Daugherty, a columnist in Cincinnati, examines the trend of naming baseball parks, either parks, fields or yards, but not stadiums: "This is the Camden Yard-ing of America, the notion that if you make everything feel old-fashioned, nobody will mind the high-prices. Which are, shall we say, state of the art." Citing the new Coors Field in Denver, Daugherty notes that Cincinnati will soon have a similar facility: "Reds Park at Bus Station Yard, or something. These are the new cookie-cutter ballyards, just as the concrete voids were 25 years ago" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 11/29).