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A CAPITAL IDEA? GROUP AIMS TO BRING MLB BACK TO D.C.
Published March 25, 1998
Renewed efforts by Washington, DC, government officials and business leaders are under way to bring MLB back to the city, according to Thom Loverro of the WASHINGTON TIMES. The effort will include a soon-to-be-released DC Sports Commission study that supports a movement to build a new downtown ballpark. The $86,000 report also includes a feasibility study of renovating RFK Stadium for baseball as well as building a new stadium next to RFK. Although it does not make a "firm recommendation," several DC government sources "said the study's conclusions favor building a new downtown ballpark." Loverro reports that the prospects for a new baseball stadium "seem remote -- not only because of the financing questions," but also the "strong opposition" from Orioles Owner Peter Angelos (WASHINGTON TIMES, 3/25). LES EXPOS FACTOR: In Montreal, Jack Todd asked, "Will the Expos be back in Montreal? Will they get their new ball park -- or play next season in northern Virginia? No matter what happens, that will be the story of the Expos' 30th season. By June 30, president Claude Brochu will make the call" (Montreal GAZETTE, 3/24). Todd speaks with a "confident-sounding" Brochu about a new ballpark. Brochu: "Compared with where we were last June, when we announced this project, we've seen a massive shift of opinion in Montreal. People are more supportive, more understanding, more willing to get involved" (Montreal GAZETTE, 3/25).