Chamber endorse football stadium next to Laurel racetrack


The board of the Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously yesterday to support the construction of a privately financed professional football stadium next to the Laurel Race Course.

"It's good for business and it's good for the community," said chamber President H. Walter Townshend III. The organization surveyed its 550 members and 82 percent said they favored such a stadium, he said. Seventeen percent opposed the idea and 1 percent had no opinion.

The resolution passed by the board yesterday said the cost of infrastructure improvements, such as roads, should be shared among the developer and state and local governments, provided studies show that the stadium will generate more revenue for local and state governments than they will spend.

The measure also called for encouraging stadium visitors to use car pools and mass transit, and for "all measures possible" to be taken to mitigate the impact on neighboring residential communities.

Another business organization, the Laurel Board of Trade, endorsed the stadium project in January.

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