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Sources: Nationals Want Tax Dollars To Put Roof On Nats Park

by Mark Segraves
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Nationals Park (credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The Washington Nationals want to put a roof over the team’s stadium and they want taxpayers to pick up the tab.

Multiple sources tell WNEW Senior Correspondent Mark Segraves that team executives have approached several District officials, including some inside mayor Vincent Gray’s office, to propose the addition to Nationals Park.

While the discussions are in very preliminary stages, diagrams of the proposed roof have been presented to the mayor’s office.

The project would cost roughly $300 million to complete.

District taxpayers put up about $700 million to build the ball park which opened in 2008.

The team’s request comes at the same time mayor Vincent Gray has proposed spending hundreds of millions of dollars to build a new soccer stadium for D.C. United. The Major League Soccer club currently plays home games at RFK Stadium.

The Council and the mayor recently approved $50 million to pay for improvements to the Verizon Center, including a new jumbotron.

A spokesperson for Gray would not comment on the request, but sources say the team has been told the District is reluctant to spend tax dollars on a new roof for the city-owned stadium.

A spokesperson for the Nationals declined to comment for this report.

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