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STATE OF THE STADIUM: HAIL TO THE REDSKINS

     Marion Barry's victory yesterday could have an impact on
Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke's desire to build a new stadium
for his team.  RFK is one of only two facilities in the NFL with
no luxury boxes and has the lowest capacity of any facility in
the league.  Cooke would like to move to Laurel, MD, and build a
privately financed 75,000-plus seat stadium.  But a recent ruling
by an Anne Arundel County official has increased speculation that
Cooke and Barry will try to make a new deal to keep the team in
Washington.   THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY today looks at RFK
Stadium.
STADIUM: RFK Stadium, Washington, DC
AGE: Stadium built in 1961
CAPACITY: 57,000 -- lowest capacity in the NFL.
LUXURY
BOXES:
None. Only the Raiders also lack luxury seating.
OWNERSHIP: District of Columbia owns the stadium. U.S. Dept. of
Interior owns the land.
COST: $19.5 million, paid for by bonds. There is no debt on the
stadium.
RENOVATION: $7M of structural and cosmetic renovation in the past 10
years.
CONCESSIONS: B&B Caterers of Washington DC. Revenue split: 36% goes
to the stadium, 44% to B&B, and 20% to the Redskins.
PARKING: 12,000 parking spots with a $6-10 parking charge.
Redskins get 25% of total revenue.
LEASE: The team has an option on the lease in 1996.
ADVERTISING: Team gets 25% of revenue, city gets 75% of stadium
advertising.
RENT: Estimated at $2 million -- approximately 7th highest in the
league.
PUBLIC $: Zero.
(Source: Jim Dalrymple/RFK Stadium; rent and public subsidy figure from Florida Times-Union article on July 24, 1994).
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