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Published May 29, 1996
The DC Sports Commission plans to hire a consultant within the next few weeks to examine the feasibility of a downtown baseball stadium near the MCI Center, which is currently under construction. Lena Sun of the WASHINGTON POST reports the Commission has been talking to two groups, The Virginia Baseball Club, led by William Collins, and the L'Enfant Group, headed by Calvin Hill, about bringing a team to the DC area. The consultant would study the availability of land and the traffic issues related to a stadium at Gallery Place (WASHINGTON POST, 5/28). Meanwhile, the FAA has asked Arlington County, VA, to perform $7,500 worth of studies to determine whether a stadium would interfere with navigation and air traffic control of planes attempting to land at nearby National Airport (Lipton & Nakashima, WASHINGTON POST, 5/29). Loudoun County, VA, may re- enter the stadium derby with site west of Dulles Airport. Unlike a previous plan, rejected because the county would have had to foot a $30M bill, the new strategy calls for area entrepreneurs or the Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority to buy the land and build the stadium (WASHINGTON TIMES, 5/29). VA JACKPOT: If a site for a new stadium in Northern Virginia is settled on, state legislators say that the lottery "is shaping up as the most likely" form of state money. The WASHINGTON TIMES reports that because Gov. George Allen opposes any tax increase, legislators have had to look to new lottery games and "a hodgepodge of small user fees" to pay for the stadium (WASHINGTON TIMES, 5/28). NEED A LEADER: The POST's Eric Lipton examines the lack of a leader driving the bid for a stadium in VA, with some blaming "Disney-itis" -- a fear of being associated with a failed project like the Disney theme park in Prince William County (WASHINGTON POST, 5/25).