Posted November 26, 2013

Nationals ask Washington D.C. to finance stadium roof

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Nationals Park opened in (Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Nationals Park, located along the Anacostia River, opened in 2008. (Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

The Nationals want to put a roof, which would cost roughly $300 million, on Nationals Park and team executives have approached several city officials, including Mayor Vincent Gray’s office, about funding the project with taxpayer money, according to several media outlets, including Mark Segraves of WNEW in Washington.

Discussions are preliminary but diagrams were reportedly presented to the mayor’s office. Gray apparently wasn’t a fan, according to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post.

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The ballpark, which opened in 2008, was built using about $700 million in taxpayer funds.

The request, which the team nor Gray would comment on, comes after the city approved $50 million in public funds going towards improvements to the Verizon Center — home of the Wizards and Capitals — that include a new Jumbotron.

The city is also in talks to spend hundreds of millions on a new soccer stadium for the D.C. United Major League Soccer club that currently plays its home games at RKF Stadium.

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15 comments
2001mark
2001mark

Better do as they say... or else they'll threaten to move back to Montreal?! lols

rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

"the Braves got a good deal...I want one too...I'll find me a rich suburb and threaten to go there...watch me "

Ted   "Head"    Lerner


MrArlington
MrArlington

Surely the idea of a roof on the stadium came up when the stadium was being designed. Why wasn't it put on then? Surely when the stadium cost $700 million as a whole it shouldn't cost $300 to do a roof. I am glad the mayor told him to get lost.

Stewart3
Stewart3

stop giving tax payer money to sports teams.  if they want the roof  let the team pay for it

laeva65
laeva65

Writing from Phoenix, AZ, where we have two sliding-roof stadia.  Depending on the climate (and I know DC's is dreadful in summer) they are a great idea to build attendance.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

They could move back to Montreal and have a stadium with a roof.

JimCasey
JimCasey

Why does it need a roof? They don't have more than 3 or 4 rainouts a year anyway. The city should not spend a dime on this, and Lerner should spend his money on the team. Go sign Kendrys Morales.

kj4027
kj4027

There should never be public financing for any sporting venue. These billionaire owners want the taxpayers to pay for a stadium, pay to attend the games, pay for parking, pay for concessions and then subscribe to a network package so they can watch the games on TV. I guess that's how they all became million and billionaires... get taxpayer subsidies for all of their "ventures".

PoolSharkPaul
PoolSharkPaul

How about we give the DC cops 150 million to rid the city of drugs and the teachers in DC 150 million so they can rise above the poverty line? And let Ted 'Scumbag' Lerner build his own 300 million dollar roof? G.D. Nerve of some people....and the morons who approved the 700 million to begin with, while the city is crime and drug infested? This country is insane.

PoolSharkPaul
PoolSharkPaul

We have millions below the poverty line, and billionaire owners have the nerve to ask taxpayers to build their toys for them. What is wrong with this picture? With this country? We can't feed or shelter our poor, but give around 700 million to a billionaire for a stadium and he wants 300 million more? I would laugh if it wasn't such a freakin tragedy

finrodfelegund
finrodfelegund

@PoolSharkPaul I agree with your basic point, but DC teachers are among the best paid (and worst at their jobs) in the country.