- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 4, 2008

It appears that Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer” — the Eagles — will likely play the first concert to be held at Nationals Park, on July 26.

Although no such date appears on the Web site for the Eagles’ summer tour, a VIP ticket request form obtained by The Washington Times lists an Eagles show on July 26 at the new baseball stadium in Southeast.

Washington Nationals officials confirmed talks are taking place for such a show.

“It remains a discussion,” team President Stan Kasten said. “There really isn’t a deal yet. But there is no question we would like to be in the big concert business. We hope to know one way or another soon.”

The Nationals are scheduled to be on a West Coast road trip on July 26, a Saturday. In fact, the team will be away for much of the month. They finish a homestand before the All-Star break with a game July 13 against the Houston Astros, and then begin a road trip July 18 in Atlanta. The team returns home July 29 to face the Philadelphia Phillies.

According to the band’s Web site, there is no tour stop scheduled between the group’s July 22 appearance at the Air Canada Center in Toronto and its July 28 show at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. The Eagles tour is scheduled to begin May 14 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta, Ga., near Atlanta.

With the opening of the new ballpark this spring, which cost more than $611 million, both team and city officials are looking for ways to make use of the facility for events other than baseball. The city and team are allowed a certain number of dates for such events under the agreement between the District and the Nationals.

The ballpark played host to a Mass by Pope Benedict XVI on April 17, which was a Nationals event. The city’s high school baseball championship game later this month is a D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission event.

The Congressional Bowl, a new college football postseason game that the NCAA approved last week, is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 20 at either Nationals Park or RFK Stadium.

The Eagles came out of California in the early 1970s with a distinctive country-rock sound and became one of the most successful American bands in modern music history.

Tim Lemke contributed to this report.

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