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REDSKINS STADIUM ONE STEP CLOSER TO APPROVAL
Published February 7, 1996
The Prince George's County Council late Tuesday night approved Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke's plan to build a 78,600- seat stadium in Landover, MD. According to this morning's WASHINGTON POST, attention will now shift to Annapolis, where MD legislators must decide whether to provide $73M in state funds for infrastructure improvements. Cooke already has pledged the $160M it will take to construct the stadium. Cooke's chief lobbyist, Gerard Evans: "This is the first definitive and absolute nod we've received. We have answered all the questions citizens and council members have put to us. ... We're confident about victory in Annapolis." Opponents of the stadium have filed two lawsuits to stop the project. Opposition leader Stan Derwin: "When this goes to court, the judge and I will have a good laugh over it. This approval tonight is a comedy. It will not stand up in court" (Robert Pierre, WASHINGTON POST, 2/7). Close to 50 conditions were tacked on to the final proposal, including one calling for nearby USAir Arena to be used for additional parking with the Redskins providing shuttles (Gary Scheets, WASHINGTON TIMES, 2/7).