The city of Philadelphia evicted the Baltimore Stars from their Veterans Stadium offices after accusing the U.S. Football League team of reneging on an agreement allowing it to break a lease in Philadelphia and move to Maryland.
"I've never been evicted from anything in my life," said Stars President Carl Peterson.
Stars co-owner Myles Tanenbaum denied the team had reached agreement with the city to break its 20-year lease for the use of Veterans Stadium.
The Stars decided to move to Baltimore last year when the USFL said it would switch to a fall schedule, causing a conflict with the NFL Eagles, who have the sole right to the stadium in the fall.
This spring, the Stars have practiced in Philadelphia and played their home games in College Park. They planned to move their operation to Baltimore before the 1986 season.
Assistant City Solicitor Tobey Oxholm III said the Stars and the city had negotiated an agreement whereby the team would buy out the stadium lease for $500,000, payable in monthly installments of $50,000 starting March 1. He said the team made the first three payments but did not make its payment due June 1.