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ORIOLES AND MSA SPAR OVER ENTERTAINMENT CONCEPT
Published October 1, 1997
The Orioles and the MD Stadium Authority (MSA) "appear to be on another collision course as the state agency moves forward this week with plans for a Niketown-type entertainment complex at Camden Yards -- a development the team bitterly opposes," according to Jon Morgan of the Baltimore SUN. The MSA "is expected" to issue a "formal request for ideas to develop the land -- now a parking lot -- between the Ravens' and Orioles' stadium." The MSA wants to "incorporate a parking garage into the development and pay for it with revenue" from the complex. But the Orioles, while "eager to replace parking lost to the construction of the Ravens' stadium, prefer a parking garage be built across the street," on a site now occupied by businesses. Orioles attorney Alan Rifkin said that the club would "take legal action to block the entertainment complex," but the MSA said that the team "cannot prevent development on the state-owned site as long as it does not interfere with baseball games" (Jon Morgan, Baltimore SUN, 10/1).