- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 27, 2008

Where is the ballpark located?

The stadium is bordered by South Capitol Street to the west, N Street SE to the north, Potomac Avenue SE to the south and First Street SE to the east.

How can I get there?

The best bet is to take Metro to the Navy Yard station and walk one block south on Half Street to the ballpark.

What is the stadium’s capacity?

41,888

Who designed the ballpark?

HOK Sport of Kansas City and Devrouax & Purnell Architects of Washington, D.C.

Who built the ballpark?

Major construction was performed by a joint venture of Clark Construction Group, Hunt Construction Group and Smoot Construction.

How long did the ballpark take to build?

About 23 months. Official groundbreaking took place in May 2006.

How much did the ballpark cost?

Final tallies are still coming in, but the total cost including land acquisition likely will be about $700 million, broken down as follows:

c Stadium “hard” costs (labor, materials, etc.): $320 million

c Stadium “soft” costs (financing, insurance, etc.): $175 million

c Land, demolition and environmental remediation: $155 million, but that total could rise as the city still determines how much it will pay several landowners.

How was the ballpark funded?

The District contributed the full amount except for a $20 million contribution from the team. The bulk of the city money came from $535 million in bonds backed by rent payments, taxes on concessions and tickets, a utility tax and a special ballpark fee on businesses.

Did the team contribute additional funds?

Yes. The Nationals have spent between $10 million and $20 million to expand the stadium scoreboard, center field restaurant and concourse and upgrade luxury suites. The team says it will continue to spend money on enhancements in future years.

What materials were used to construct the ballpark?

Primary materials include steel, pre-cast concrete and glass.

Is this a “green” stadium?

Yes. The ballpark is expected to become the first major stadium to receive certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Will fans get a view of the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument?

Most views are obstructed by buildings in the neighborhood or the stadium scoreboard, but fans can see the Capitol or the monument from some seats in the upper deck.

— Tim Lemke

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