January 9, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - The final cost of the Washington Nationals ballpark is expected to be $693 million, or $62 million more than the price tag anticipated when the city agreed to use public money to build the stadium.
The final tally was over budget because the costs of securing the property and the environmental cleanup work were greater than expected. Those were two items exempt from the spending cap reated
by the District of Columbia Council.
The Nationals played their first season in the new ballpark in 2008 while some areas unseen by spectators remained under construction. The team refused to pay rent for much of the year because it claimed the facility wasn't finished.
The work is now near completion, clearing the way for the sports commission to sign a final agreement with the ballpark's builders.
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