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CRITICS SEEK DELAY TO "UNIMAGINATIVE" RAVENS STADIUM

     Several Baltimore city planners are seeking design changes
to the Ravens proposed stadium "and have even suggested delaying
construction for a year to ensure a park equal in presence to
Oriole Park," according to the Baltimore SUN.  Ravens and MD
Stadium Authority officials "emphatically" rejected the idea, but
planners said the design is "so unimaginative and the building so
important to the city" that a delay may be warranted.  According
to MSA, a one-year delay will cost $16.5M in ticket sales, $12M
in inflation, and $5M in extra pay for architects and contractors
while the Ravens play an extra year in Memorial Stadium.  Ravens
VP David Modell:  "There's no way.  Our deal called for us to go
into the new stadium in 1998 and we have basically constructed
our entire business schedule around that" (Marcia Myers,
Baltimore SUN, 6/12).
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