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Letters to the Editor – 1/9/11

As a former member of The Daily Record’s Editorial Advisory Board, I was disappointed to see the Dec. 27 editorial from several members of the Board (with seven out of the 15 members understandably not joining in the opinion) titled “Reforming the Maryland Stadium Authority.” Contrary to what is asserted there, the Maryland Stadium Authority has been one of the most effective and efficient state agencies since it was created by the General Assembly in 1986.

Without the MSA there would be no Camden Yards Sports Complex, no Oriole Park and no M&T Bank Stadium. The importance of these world class facilities can be appreciated as we look forward to the Ravens home playoff game Jan. 15. The MSA can truly be said to touch the lives of all Marylanders who cheer for the Ravens and the Orioles and share a common bond in their success or failure. Camden Yards has helped project Baltimore and Maryland in a positive light around the world – and we would not have Camden Yards without the Maryland Stadium Authority.

The MSA has also been of great assistance to many of Maryland’s local governments and educational institutions by assisting on projects like the Coppin State University complex, the Ocean City Convention Center, the Montgomery County Conference Center, the Comcast Center, the Geppi Entertainment and Sports Legends Museums and the Baltimore Convention Center.

The staff members of the MSA are hardworking professionals who accomplish the projects they are asked to perform in a competent and cost-effective manner. Pursuant to the MSA’s governing law, the MSA does not become involved in a project unless it is asked to do so and then only when authorized by the General Assembly.

Rather than calling for a “reform” of the MSA, the Editorial Board should be applauding the fine work of the MSA and thanking the MSA and its staff for their essential role building and maintaining the Camden Yards Sports Complex as the home for the Ravens and Orioles and as the site for such other world class events as the U2 concert, the [NCAA Men’s] Lacrosse Final Four championships, Army-Navy and other premier college football games, international soccer matches, the Baltimore Grand Prix, and the Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival.

Paul A. Tiburzi

Former Chairman, Camden Yards Sports and Entertainment Commission