Tenant: Washington Nationals (NL)
Architect: HOK Sport (Kansas City) and Devrouax & Purnell Architects-Planners (Washington)
Public financing: The city may sell up to $610.8 million in bonds to finance the stadium. Revenue to pay the debt on those bonds would come from these sources:
Private financing: The team is responsible for any cost overruns. Naming rights belong to the team and were not earmarked for stadium construction costs.
Lease: Team will lease stadium for 30 years from the DC Sports Commission. The value is estimated at $5.5 million per year.
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Location: On a 26-acre plot of land located just over a mile south of the United States Capitol. Left field (N), "N" Street SE; 3rd base (W), South Capitol Street SE; 1st base (S), Potomac Avenue SE; Right field (E), 1st Street SE.
Dimensions: Left field: 336 ft.; left-center: 377 feet; center field: 402 feet; right-center: 370 feet; right field: 335 feet.
Fences: Left field: 8 feet; center field: 12 feet; right field: 12 feet.
Materials: Concrete and steel structure clad in brick and limestone.
After a year-and-a-half of negotiations, mayor Anthony Williams, the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission and the Washington Nationals unveiled plans for a 41,888-seat state-of-the-art baseball stadium for the Washington Nationals on March 14, 2006. Williams and the D.C. Council agreed to spend as much as $611 million to get the stadium built.
Included in the ballpark's configuration are approximately 22,000 seats in the lower bowl, 12,100 in the upper seating bowl, from where fans can see the U.S. Capitol building, 2,500 club seats, 1,112 suite seats, a 500-seat founder's club with indoor dining, and a 1,300-seat diamond club with indoor dining. The exterior design includes a lot of glass, similar to the Washington Convention Center.
The ballpark promises to play the major role in the Anacostia River waterfront entertainment district. In addition to government plans for the area, major development is anticipated from investors who have bought up property near the ballpark.
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Updated April 2008
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