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In DC, Tim Lemke wrote Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon's request for a study on the impact of a potential DC United stadium in the city is a "nice wrinkle in United's stadium saga, but that's all it is." The team "does not want to move to Baltimore unless there are no other options out there, and right now there are still options." Stadium talks with DC "aren't dead," and neither are discussions with Montgomery County (MD) and Loudoun County (VA). Sources said that DC United "remains hopeful of hammering out some sort of deal in the District or suburbs by year's end" (WASHINGTONTIMES.com, 10/7). A Baltimore SUN editorial states "any pro soccer stadium must not only be able to pay for itself but also create enough jobs to be worthy of taking such a risk" (Baltimore SUN, 10/8).

Chargers Downplaying Interest From L.A. For
Now, But Still Searching For New Stadium
HOUSE HUNTING: Chargers Special Counsel Mark Fabiani yesterday said that team officials "plan to tell developers trying to woo them to Los Angeles that the team is committed to finding a way to build a new stadium within San Diego County." Fabiani noted that the team has "no plans to play" in Majestic Realty's proposed stadium in City of Industry, but added, "I am a poor fortune teller. And our search for a stadium does have to come to an end one way or another" (NORTH COUNTY TIMES, 10/8).

ON SECOND THOUGHT... Canada Minister of Tourism, Culture & Arts Kevin Krueger yesterday said that the B.C. government is "considering backtracking on plans for a retractable roof at BC Place Stadium over concerns the project will be too expensive." He said that the "total cost of the bids to build a new roof is 'substantially higher'" than the C$365M budgeted for the renovation (VANCOUVER SUN, 10/8).

GREEN POWER: Constellation Energy Group plans to build a "photovoltaic system to generate solar power at an entertainment complex adjacent" to Patriot Place that will produce about 525 kilowatts. Construction is "expected to begin in late October and will require installation of about 2,800 photovoltaic panels" (AP, 10/7).

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