A committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, adding its voice to the debate over whether the Washington region needs a new football stadium for the Redskins, recommended yesterday that COG support the District's efforts to keep the team in the city.
Voting on a resolution introduced by D.C. Council Chairman David A. Clarke, COG's Metropolitan Development Policy Committee voted 16 to 3 to "support the continued location of the Washington Redskins in the District of Columbia," according to a news release.
The resolution recommends that the District first consider renovating Robert F. Kennedy Stadium.
Then, if the city decides to build a stadium, it should do so primarily with private funds, the resolutuion says.
Hilda Pemberton, chairwoman of the Prince George's County Council, dissented, as did two other committee members from Prince George's County.
Pemberton could not be reached for comment.
Joseph W. Cotter III, a city councilman from College Park, said the Prince George's representatives on the committee voted against the resolution because "some of the other County Council members had made some remarks that they would be interested" in a stadium in Prince George's.
Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke has said that RFK, which seats 55,000, is too small, and he has threatened to take the team to the suburbs if he does not get a biggerstadium.
Clarke said the committee's "general feeling was that the effort was to put us in a bidding war with each other."