So, that $611,000,000.00 price cap on the stadium was, as expected, total bullshit. The cap doesn't include cost overruns pertaining to land acquisition. And guess what! Full-time Dead Man Walking (and part-time D.C. CFO) Natwar Gandhi undervalued the cost of land needed to build the stadium. So we're now up to $654,200,000.00 of taxpayer money. The most expensive stadium in American history has now eclipsed second place (Seattle's SafeCo Field) by considerably over 100 million dollars. Holy shit.
DCist makes an excellent point. Remember when Mayor Anthony Williams was saying that a publicly funded stadium in DC wouldn't require over 400 million dollars? I was freaking out then. That was just too much money to spend on a publicly financed stadium. It's nearly unprecedented.
Look where we are a few years and a few hundred million dollars later.
Mayor Williams and Coucilman Jack Evans, the two morons most responsible for this disaster, should be ashamed of themselves. They have been demoted in my mind from "incompetent businessmen" to "despicable human beings." At what point are you so incompetent that it becomes criminal? I'd like to think we're close. I mean, giving away all of this money when there was no reasonable expectation for the District to get anything in return... why couldn't people figure that out sooner?
Nationals Stadium, which will eventually be given a corporate name where the proceeds will go to the Lerners instead of the city, will be one of the greatest monuments in the city. A monument to the idiocracy we live in today.
Does anyone think the Nationals will even be playing ball in the city in 2028?