The argument began when the Montreal Expos were looking to break free of Olympic Stadium. Owner Jeffrey Loria tried everything he could to turn the city of Montreal off from the game of baseball. Don't believe anything you read about Quebec being a "hockey town" only. They embraced stars like Rusty Staub and Vladimir Guerrero and came to the ballpark often to the tune of 2 million fans per season every season. One of Loria's biggest problems was that he was paying his players in American Dollars and being paid in Canadian Dollars (usually 75 cents on the dollar). Loria did everything he could to turn Montreal off from the game including ceasing Television and Radio broadcasts and then telling the city they needed to build him a new stadium (which he knew they couldn't afford). When Montreal surprised everyone and approved Loria's plans for a new Expos stadium, he turned down his own plans insisting on an additional $150 million retractable roof as well. The Mayor began to realize that Loria never had any intention of keeping the Expos in Quebec... wanting to move the team to America and was using every excuse he could find to do so. Once the Montreal fans realized this, they stopped coming to the ballpark and thus Loria exclaimed... "Montreal is not a baseball town" (Not after what he personally did to it anyway). During the Montreal Expos' final season in Quebec, the Expos' gracious and loyal Front Office staff gave us a final tour of Olympic Stadium and let us in on many of the other little tactics and propaganda that Loria's team were using to turn the local Canadians off from their once beloved Expos. (Though it would probably be better if we kept the rest of that to ourselves). Eventually MLB took over the team and moved half of the Expos' home games to Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico. They realized that a full time team in Puerto Rico would never work. However... Washington D.C. still had the Washington Senators' old ballpark "RFK Stadium" in perfect working order. That's where Major League Baseball really wanted to be. This is as we said earlier... where the "argument began". Washington D.C is only about 45 minutes south of Baltimore and well within the Baltimore Orioles' legal jurisdictional boundaries. Baltimore had no intention of allowing a new MLB team to just come in and steal half its fan-base and immediately began legal injunctions to stop it. In the meantime the St. Louis Cardinals began playing a few exhibition games at RFK Stadium just so MLB could see how well that ballpark worked as a temporary Major League stadium. In case a deal couldn't be worked out and the Baltimore Orioles won their jurisdictional court case... MLB began looking at a "Plan B". It just so happens that a new ballpark called "Harbor Park" was being built in Norfolk that not only already held a rather large 12,000 seating capacity... but was built to be expanded significantly in case a Major League team wanted to move into Norfolk's fertile media market.