- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 27, 2008

NATS PARK’S KEY PLAYERS

A few of the people chiefly responsible for bringingthe Nationals’ stadium into being:

ALLEN LEW

Former CEO of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission

Lew guided the stadium project through its most critical phases and made several key decisions — for example, he chose HOK as the architect and Clark as the builder — that kept construction on time and under the D.C. Council’s cost cap.

ANTHONY WILLIAMS

Former mayor of the District of Columbia

It was Williams‘ decision to put together a package to lure the Expos from Montreal that included a new ballpark for the franchise. And it was his decision to place the ballpark in a once-downtrodden neighborhood near the Anacostia River in Southeast.

JACK EVANS

D.C. Council member for Ward 2, chairman of the finance committee

Evans had pushed for the return of baseball to D.C. for more than a decade. He was the chief architect of the stadium financing plan and instrumental in gaining the support of the business community. He also helped gather the necessary votes on the council to approve the project.

MARK TUOHEY

Partner, Vinson & Elkins law firm. Former chairman, D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission

Tuohey was the city’s lead negotiator in talks with Major League Baseball to lure baseball back to D.C. and for the lease for the ballpark.

BILL HALL

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