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Redskins Owner Anxious to Host Army-Navy Game

May 24, 1996

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke is planning to meet with Navy athletic director Jack Lengel to lobby to bring the Army-Navy football game to his stadium every other year.

The Washington Post reported Friday that Cooke may meet with Lengel before the weekend to discuss serving as host to the game on Navy’s behalf at the 78,600-seat stadium he’s building in Prince George’s County, Md., beginning in 1998.

If an agreement is reached, The Naval Academy and West Point would choose the traditional game’s venues on alternate years.

``We are still exploring this opportunity. Nothing is finalized, but it is an exciting opportunity,″ Lengel said Thursday.

Cooke hopes to have his new stadium outside Washington, D.C., and about 30 miles from the Naval Academy in Annapolis,, Md., open for the 1997 NFL season.

The Army-Navy football series dates to 1890. The Cadets lead the series 46-43-7, and have won the past four games.

The game has long been played at Philadelphia, which is considered a neutral site because it is equidistant between the Naval Academy and West Point.

Under Cooke’s proposal, Navy would use the Redskins’ stadium every two years, while Army would have the option of hosting the game at either Veterans Stadium or at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on alternate years.

His proposal must be approved by Naval Academy Superintendent Charles Larson; Navy Secretary John Dalton and the incoming chief of Naval Operations.

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