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Nationals wanted a $300 million publicly-funded roof

Nov 26, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

Nationals Park was built entirely from public financing — $693 million worth — in 2006-2008. So you can’t really fault the club for trying to dip its mits back into the cookie jar …

The Nationals experienced four home rainouts during the 2013 regular season — tied for the most in the major leagues — but Washington, D.C. isn’t usually a particularly rainy city. Clown move, Lerner bro.

  1. crabcakesfootball - Nov 26, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    This vexes me… I’m terribly vexed.

  2. billybawl - Nov 26, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Oh, internet, please reveal the retractable roof plans.

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    They could threaten to move to Montreal.

    • cur68 - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      You seen the stadium there? Man. I WISH they moved to Canada, but someplace with a decent venue. And lets call them The Beavers, too.

  4. Stiller43 - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Wanted? Arent they still planning this proposal to add it on?

    • johnnysoda - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      I believe that they wanted it to be “publicly funded”, and the mayor turned it down. Good move, mayor.

      BTW, I’ve always found the idea that there’s a mayor of Washington DC weird. I don’t know why, because I know it’s its own city, but you always think of the federal government being there, and not a local one.

      • NatsLady - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:17 PM

        DON’T get me started. It took years and years and years for the city to gain even a modicum of independence from the federal government’s rule–and congresspeople STILL stick their noses into local affairs whenever they think it will look good to their constituents back home. And, we have no voting representative in either the House or the Senate (Eleanor Holmes Norton can vote in House Committees but not in floor votes, a gracious concession granted only a few years ago). Taxation without Representation.

      • sumerduckman - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        The folks that live in DC have the worst of both worlds. The local government has limited powers/authority to raise revenue ( and does!), but does not have the power to determine how the monies are spent.Absurd.

  5. aphillieated - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Nationals Park? more like Citizens Bank Park South.

    • David Proctor - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      Phillies fans are so cute sometimes. They still live in 2008. Nationals Park hasn’t been CBP South in years. It’s especially cute since attendance at the real CBP is declining at the fastest rate in the league while the Nats are increasing their attendance at one of the fastest rates.

      • aphillieated - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM

  6. bigharold - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    So here’s a “job creator” that’s worth 4 billion dollars, according to Forbes, and he’s asking for a hand out? Go figure.

    • paperlions - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      Why not? Seems to work every time.

    • misterj167 - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Do you think he got four billion dollars by paying for anything? Only the little people pay for things.

  7. quintjs - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    The better question is how is a $300m roof to save four rainouts a year even remotely going to pay for itself?

    Of course its not, hence the project is dead when the city won’t pay.

    How did that meeting even start? Lerner: “Thanks for meeting me Mr Mayor, the purpose of this meeting is to test just how stupid you really are”

    • David Proctor - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      It has nothing to do with baseball. It’s about making the stadium a year-round facility so that they can make money off of concerts and such. It’s still stupid.

      • mazblast - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:44 AM

        Because it’s Unchallengeable Fact that no one has ever booked a concert in an outdoor venue with no retractable roof or ever will.

      • samu0034 - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:36 AM

        Well, it’s probably pretty uncommon in the winter…

  8. rbj1 - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Well I want a blue pony. (by now very obscure Carol Burnett Show joke)

  9. natsattack - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Just by attending the stadium a few times, I’d say it is a terrible idea to put in a roof. The view is magnificent as it is. This seems to be the ripple effect of the Braves’ new stadium.

    • David Proctor - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      This proposal was made in July.

  10. emdash01 - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    What’s interesting here is that the meeting reportedly happened in July – why would a random rejected crazy request coming out now? Gotta figure something negative about Gray is coming soon and he really needs something to make him look good.

  11. gibbyfan - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    It has always fascinated me that the richest people on the planet who make an insane spectacle of showering professional athletes with multi million dollar contracts while at the same time making untold millions for themselves, still look to hit up the tax payer at every opportunity, just to furhter fatten their wallets. I really don’t know what word would best describe it..but kudos to the Mayor for turningit down and the voters in Miami for doing the same, ecen after the Dolphins ownership did it’s best to buy the right number of pols.

  12. phillyphannnn83 - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    David Proctor November 26, 2013, 8:15 PM EST

    Phillies fans are so cute sometimes. They still live in 2008. Nationals Park hasn’t been CBP South in years. It’s especially cute since attendance at the real CBP is declining at the fastest rate in the league while the Nats are increasing their attendance at one of the fastest rates.
    Awwww, made up stats are so cute sometimes.

    • David Proctor - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      It’s made up? From this very site:

      “The Phillies’ average decrease of 8,359 fans per game is second-most in baseball; only the gutted Marlins are worse.”

  13. phillysports1 - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    It’s one thing to increase your attendance and it’s another to win a World Series . Nats can increase their attendance all they want , wake me up when they win a WS.

    • Panda Claus - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      We’ll wake you when the Nats win a World Series if you’ll wake us when the Eagles win a Super Bowl. Seems like a fair deal.

  14. sportsfan69 - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Enough is enough, another Billionaire asking for public money. Schools, roads, and bridges need to be fix first.

    • mazblast - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:47 AM

      Absolutely, and the money will go to the schools the rich kids attend, and the roads and bridges to the rich folks’ houses. It’s just the way the politicians want it, because after all, who provides the money that keeps the pols in office and well taken care of?

  15. mazblast - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    And I want to be a retired 7’3″ NBA center who made the All-star team 14 times and won 13 rings. Or some such numbers.

    I think my getting what I want is more likely than Lerner getting “his” stadium a roof.

  16. 12strikes - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    With that great playoff run this past season, I can understand why the Nat’inals think it’s a good time to ask for public money.

  17. 18thstreet - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Robinson Cano sure is greedy. Whoops, wrong thread.

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