Towson's growing plans Larger stadium: Greater capacity needed for level of competition and for use by community.


THE BURDEN of growth placed on Towson University by the University System of Maryland's seven-year plan offers many potential benefits for the larger community.

Annoyances, too, when the university ignores neighbors' sensitivities. But one expansion that should please is the plan to double the outdoor stadium from 5,500 seats to 11,000 and adding a field house.

The site and campus parking can easily accommodate it. Towson's new football opponents in the Division I-AA Patriot League -- the likes of Colgate and Lafayette -- are worthy of it. The renewed cross-town rivalry with Morgan State University promises to fill it. Towson's competitiveness with the biggest boys in Division I lacrosse calls for it.

Beyond that, the abandonment of other sports venues calls for better regional facilities. Memorial Stadium will soon join nearby Kirk Field in extinction. A regional sports complex at Towson is justified by Baltimore County's population and the needs of Central Maryland, not to mention the growing number of students and alumni of Towson University.

Pub Date: 11/15/98

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