According to a report by NBC 4, the Washington Nationals have approached District government officials about adding a taxpayer-funded roof to Nationals Park.
The open-air ballpark was completed in 2008 at an estimated cost of $700 million. It is owned by the city government, which financed most of the project through repayable bonds, and the Nationals pay annual rent to use it.
A story on NBCWashington.com posted Tuesday afternoon said the team has approached multiple District government officials, including Mayor Vincent Gray, about the idea for a proposed roof, which would cost an estimated $300 million.
The city already has an agreement with D.C. United to pay an estimated $150 million for land acquisition and infrastructure improvements around its planned new soccer stadium at Buzzards’ Point in Southwest. The MLS team would pay for the stadium itself.
The District in 2007 provided an estimated $50 million in improvements at Verizon Center, the multi-use indoor arena in Chinatown where the NBA’s Wizards and NHL’s Capitals play and dozens of concerts are held every year.