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MCI CENTER MODEL UNVEILED, POLLIN: "IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN"
Published September 28, 1995
At a press conference yesterday to unveil a model of and plans for DC's proposed downtown MCI Center, Bullets/ Caps Owner Abe Pollin declared, "The long term package is complete and I am delighted to announce it is going to happen." Pollin set a date and time for groundbreaking -- October 18 at 11:00am EDT. Pollin noted the MCI Center would be the "most technologically advanced facility and finest sports facility of its type in the world." MCI CFO Doug Maine declined to say what specific technological amenities MCI would supply, but added "what we are going to be putting into this is unlike anything that is anywhere in the world today." Architect Coke Florance added the facility is unlike any other arena in America and it is a "very specific building to Washington" (THE DAILY). MORNING NEWS COVERAGE: The WASHINGTON TIMES (headline: "Pollin set to build theme park of an arena") notes that Las Vegas hotels and Disney theme parks will be the models for technological innovations. MCI's Maine, on the $262M Rose Garden in Portland, which has been hailed as the standard for high-tech arenas: "Frankly, they're in the dark ages" (Lorraine Woellert, WASHINGTON TIMES, 9/28). The WASHINGTON POST gives the design good reviews. Benjamin Forgey writes, "To the significant benefit of downtown Washington, people will come to this place" (WASHINGTON POST, 9/28). METRO DC'S OTHER PROJECT: A coalition of civic groups and individuals from Prince George's County filed state and federal lawsuits yesterday to overturn legislation that allows the Redskins to bypass several stages of a review process in their bid to build a new stadium in the Maryland suburbs (Neal & Pierre, WASHINGTON POST, 9/28).