Nationals Refuse To Pay Rent On New DC Ballpark

When they first arrived in town, the Washington Nationals were so gung ho about getting out of RFK Stadium and having the city build them a brand new $611 million ballpark. And now the team is showing their appreciation of having a new taxpayer-funded home by refusing to pay any rent.

Nationals Park sign

The WASHINGTON POST reports that the Nats have not paid any of the $3.5 million in rent they owe to D.C. In fact, Ted Lerner & Co. are actually demanding money from the district - about $100,000 a day in damages.

Why the financial fighting? The Nats say their new stadium is incomplete.

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Nats’ Plan Keeps That New, Unused Stadium Smell

Tucked away in Barry Svrluga’s NATIONALS JOURNAL notes post is the following tidbit: “It’s clear not all the Opening Night tickets are gone, because there are still season-ticket packages available.” In other words, the brand-spanking-new Nationals Park still has some seats available for its inaugural game.

Nationals Park

(Something seems fishy here)

Also, the current name of the stadium lacks a certain sterile corporate feel not out of the goodness of owner Ted Lerner’s heart but because he hasn’t been able to extract top dollar out of the right corporation. Still, that’s alright; the neighborhood around the stadium still has that unfinished feel as well. But hey… who will notice the rough edges if Elliot Yamin is there?

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