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WHEN YOU'RE DOWNTOWN: RAVENS STADIUM OPENS TOMORROW NIGHT
Published August 7, 1998
In a front-page piece in today's WASHINGTON POST, Heath & Goodman report that the "politically divisive, decade-long quest" to bring pro football to downtown Baltimore concludes tomorrow night, when the Ravens host the Bears in the first preseason game in their new stadium (WASHINGTON POST, 8/7). Ravens VP David Modell tells Don Pierson of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE that revenues from new, publicly-financed stadiums "separate the men from the boys in this sport." But Modell said the team will not make a $70M profit this year from the new stadium, as is widely reported: "We're receiving $70 million and promptly handing over 64 percent to players. You have a business to run" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/7). In MD, John Eisenberg writes that the stadium is a "splendid place, no doubt, as well it should be for what it cost." But, noting the high upper-level, he writes, "if your seats are up there, you'd better bring a Sherpa" (BALT. SUN, 7/8).