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State would help with study to bring D.C. United to Baltimore

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The state will foot the bill for a study into the viability of  D.C. United moving up Interstate 95 to Charm City.

In his supplemental budget proposal delivered to the legislature this week, Gov. Martin O’Malley included a $175,000 appropriation to the Maryland Stadium Authority to fund a study into the feasibility of building a stadium for D.C. United.

Fiscal analysts recommended eliminating the provision, but a conference committee between House of Delegates and Senate members decided to reject that recommendation, keeping the money intact.

The team said in November it might move out of RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., due to high operating costs at the former home of the Redskins and Nationals. A new, downtown Baltimore stadium, near Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium in Camden Yards, has been mentioned as a possibility.

College Park and Bowie have also been mentioned as possible homes for the team.

Editor’s Note: This post has been corrected.