BALTIMORE (AP) _ The Baltimore Stars of the United States Football League and the City of Baltimore have agreed to a four-year lease of Memorial Stadium and the former Colt training complex at Owings Mills.
Chris Delaporte, director of the Department of Recreation and Parks, said Monday that the leases were a good deal that ″contemplates the possibility of the NFL″ returning to Baltimore.
Stars General Manager Carl Peterson refused Monday to comment on the lease’s provisions for a possible return of an National Football League franchise to Baltimore. He said, however, that Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer decided to make public the agreement even though it was not completely signed because ″he’s been talking abouit it for a long time.″
″It just shows that we’ve made a commitment, and the city has, too,″ said Peterson. ″We have a 4-year lease and are exceedingly happy with it.″
The Stars reportedly will pay the city $400,000 a year in rent, which will cover the cost of operating the stadium during the regular season and for exhibition and postseason games.
The Stars also are spending $75,000 to repair the training complex, but that amount will be deducted from the team’s payment to the city this year.
The lease will be signed by Schaefer, but not by Stars officials until the Parks and Recreation Board and the Board of Estimates consider it at meetings later this month.