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NEW REDSKINS STADIUM SITE ON HOLD UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTIONS
Published November 7, 1994
The Redskins' stadium plans are in a "holding pattern." The team can't go forward with their plans in Anne Arundel County, MD, without reversing the county's previous decision on appeal, and they have been "unable to make much headway on alternative sites because many of the political leaders who must smooth the way are immersed in elections." But after Tuesday's elections, Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cook "could preside over a new competition for his favor." Cooke's first choice is Laurel, MD, but that hasn't prevented developers and leaders in MD, VA, and DC from pushing other sites. The Redskins appeal in Laurel is unlikely to be heard until January, but both sides are "trying to influence the elections." Orioles Owner Peter Angelos, who opposes a stadium in Laurel, has given a $15,000 loan at 6.6% interest to Anne Arundel County Exec candidate Theodore Sophocleus, who opposes public funding for the stadium. Redskins zoning attorney Harry Blumenthal and his law practice donated $1,000 to Sophocleus (Dan Beyers, WASHINGTON POST, 11/7).