In the late 1960s, planners tossed around the idea of adding a large sports stadium in Columbia. Around the same time, Carroll Rosenbloom, then-owner of the Baltimore Colts, began searching for his own new stadium. According to a Nov. 17, 1970, Baltimore Sun article stored at the Columbia Archives, Rosenbloom wanted an alternative to Memorial Stadium, then home to both the Colts and the Baltimore Orioles. Here's where the Columbia and Colts paths merge. A March 14, 1971, Baltimore Sun article, also found at the Columbia Archives, states Columbia authorities were confident they would soon close a land deal near Snowden River and Little Patuxent parkways, putting the Colts in a new 60,000-seat stadium within a few years. Yet according to several James Rouse memos, an agreement could not be reached. The Colts eventually found a new stadium and a new home on March 29, 1984, when they infamously left in the middle of the night for Indianapolis. And that Columbia stadium many dreamed of never came to be.
illustration by Violet Lemay