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Report: Nats seeking $300 million in public funds to add roof to ballpark

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

A new park isn't enough. Now the Nationals want to add a retractable roof.
A new park isn't enough. Now the Nationals want to add a retractable roof. (USATSI)

According to Mark Segraves of NBC 4, the Nationals are seeking $300 million in public funds to add a retractable roof to Nationals Park. Details of their proposal are unclear.

Team owner Ted Lerner met with Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray recently to discuss the proposal, reports Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. Gray was said to be "shocked" and said no. Can't say I'm surprised.

Nationals Park opened in 2008 at a cost of just over $700 million, including transportation and infrastructure improvements. Roughly $670 million was funded publicly, so the team was looking to get close to $1 billion in taxpayer money to build and improve their park in the span of a decade. That's outrageous.

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