Professional football in Hagerstown?

Gov. Martin O’Malley said this week that the state could help pay for a new stadum in Hagerstown where the Suns, the Washington Nationals‘ minor league baseball affiliate, would play.

But the town may be ready for some football, too.

The Herald-Mail reports that a professional football team in Chambersburg, Pa., could play in a new multipurpose stadium across the state line. The towns are only about 25 minutes apart.

The Chambersburg Cardinals play at Chambersburg Area Senior High School now, but the team’s business director told the Herald-Mail that moving to a private facility would allow the team to sell alcohol and conduct more pre- and post-game activities.

O’Malley suggested earlier this week that the state could help pay for the new stadium. State Comptroller Peter Franchot also showed support for building a new stadium this month.

Keeping the Suns in Hagerstown — and maybe attracting the Cardinals — are not the only professional sports interests of the state.

An item in the fiscal 2013 budget gives $175,000 to the Maryland Stadium Authority so it can study building a stadium for the D.C. United professional soccer team in Baltimore.

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