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Major League Baseball Park Site Evaluation Project
Public Meeting User Guide
June 18, 2002




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Major League Baseball Park
Site Evaluation Project
Public Meeting User Guide

Date: June 18, 2002 
Time: 6 p. m. to 8 p. m. 
Location: Howard University Hospital Tower Auditorium 
2041 Georgia Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC

Inside the User Guide:

Introduction to the User Guide
June 18, 2002 Agenda
FAQ Sheet
Meeting Evaluation


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Thank you for coming to the 1st public forum of the Major League Baseball Park Site Evaluation Project. This information packet includes tonight's agenda, frequently asked questions, a worksheet on planning principles and a meeting evaluation form, assembled to assist you in staying engaged in this project.

Tonight, you will be introduced to the consultant team that is responsible for the project. A presentation will be given of the information-gathering and evaluation process. Most importantly, this meeting offers you, the public, an opportunity to discuss and share your views of the evaluation process to be used for identifying possible baseball sites in the District.

More information on the Major League Baseball Park Site Evaluation Project may be found at the following websites:

D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission

D.C. Office of Planning

Washington Baseball Club

To make your input online, please visit:
Justice and Sustainability Associates QSA)

If you wish, you may send your comments, questions, input, planning principles, etc. to GSA's fax at 202-610-4471or leave a voicemail message at 202-610-0005.


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Major League Baseball Park Site Evaluation Project
Public Meeting.

June 18, 2002
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Howard University Hospital Tower Auditorium


Welcome, Don Edwards, JSA, 6:00
Ground Rules
Thanks and Acknowledgements, Winston Lord, WBC, 6:10
Bobby Goldwater, DCSEC
Andrew Altman, OP

PowerPoint Presentation, Christopher Dunlavey, B&D, 6:20
Guidelines and Criteria, Matt Bell, EEK

Public Participation

Question and Answer, Don Edwards, JSA, 6:45
Audience Break Outs, 7:00
Report Back, 7:40

Adjourn/Next Meeting, Don Edwards, JSA, 8:00

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Major League Baseball and Washington, D.C.
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current status of Major League Baseball returning to the District?
Promising statements in recent months from MLB Commissioner Selig and other senior MLB executives have signaled that the prospects for baseball returning to the District are the strongest they have been since the Washington Senators departed in 1971. Presently, MLB is working through several business issues including a new collective bargaining agreement and the possibility of contracting, or eliminating, teams. Depending on the outcomes, it is possible that an existing team could be relocated to the Nation's Capital in the near future.

Who is leading the efort to bring ALB back to DC?
Mayor Anthony Williams and the District government are leading the District's efforts on baseball. The government entity responsible for promoting sports in the District, including baseball, is the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission. The Washington Baseball Club, L.L.C. is a group of community and business leaders from the Washington area dedicated to returning baseball to the District. More information on their efforts can be found on websites dcsec.com and baseballindc.com.

What is the Major League Baseball Park Site Evaluation Project?
The Commission, the WBC and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development have selected a team of six prestigious firms to serve as a consultant team charged with identifying and evaluating every feasible site in the District where a major league ballpark could be developed with possible financing options on a site-specific basis. The goal is to identify one or more sites in the District where a baseball team can financially succeed and that will fit the vision for the District in a process designed to be thorough, deliberate and inclusive.

What firms comprise the consultant team for the project?
The consultant team is led by Washington-based Brailsford & Dunlavey, one of the country's leading firms in sports facility finance. The other member firms are Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut & Kuhn (urban design and planning); Heinlein, Schrock, Steams (ballpark conceptual design and operations); Jair Lynch Companies (local D.C. real estate); Gorove/Slade Associates (transportation and parking); and Justice and Sustainability Associates (public outreach and communication). Each firm brings extensive experience with baseball or other major sports facility projects and/or of the Washington community.

Has a site been selected or is there a preferred site?
Absolutely not! The consultant team working on this project has just begun an education and information-gathering process through which they will learn what has made ballparks successful in other cities and what is required to determine viable locations for a ballpark in the District. The consultant team was not directed toward or away from any potential ballpark site.

Why should a team and a ballpark be located in the District rather than in Northern Virginia?
Successful ballparks are built where fans are - where people work, live and/or come to be entertained . . . in a city. For more than a decade, virtually every new ballpark has been built in an urban or downtown location. Washington is the fifth largest market in the entire country and the largest market without a MLB team. The anchor of the market is its vibrant, rejuvenated center, the Nation's Capital.

Why can't RFK Stadium be used instead of building a new ballpark?
If and when MLB returns to the Washington region, venerable RFK Stadium is planned to serve as the temporary venue for the team while a new ballpark is being built. Now in its 41st year, RFK is simply too outdated to be a baseball team's permanent home. The economics of major sports require that suites and club seats, important guest services such as adequate restroom facilities and sufficient food, beverage and merchandise locations plus many other fan amenities are crucial to the success of a franchise. The expense of renovating RFK would likely approach the cost of building a new ballpark.

Should public money be contributed for the construction of a ballpark?
Nearly all ballparks that have been built in the last 15 or so years have been public/private partnerships. Mayor Williams has indicated his support to invest in a ballpark, provided the citizens of the District will receive a return on their investment. The amount and potential sources of such public funding are still to be determined. A public investment in a ballpark would be an economic development investment in the city, with its taxpayers realizing long-term financial benefits.

How can the public participate in the Major League Baseball Park Site Evaluation Project?
Input from the residents of the District and the region will be a key element of the project. Beginning with tonight's meeting, public participation will be sought over the next 10 weeks regarding possible ballpark sites. Individuals will be able to offer their insights and opinions through a variety of ways. A directory of addresses and phone numbers will be provided during the meeting.

When will the project be completed?
The objective of the report is to show MLB that D.C. has multiple viable options for a ballpark that will ensure the success of a team. A report with the consultant team's findings will be sent to the Commissioner by the end of the 2002 MLB season. Site selection and financing will be completed when a team has been awarded to the District.

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1919 M Street, NW Second Floor Washington, DC 20036 P 202.327.2255 www.BaseballinDC.com 
Returning the National Pastime to the Nation's Capital



We are a group of Washingtonians dedicated to returning the national pastime to the Nation's Capital.

Our group did not come together merely to own a team. We came together to bring a team to this city.

We are not interested in bringing baseball to Northern Virginia. We are committed to enhancing the economy, the vitality and the spirit of this city.


The group currently consists of six community and business leaders. They are: Managing Partner Frederic V. Malek, Chairman of Thayer Capital Partners and former partner in the Texas Rangers; Franklin D. Raines, Chairman and CEO of Fannie Mae; James V. Kimsey, Founding CEO and Chairman Emeritus of America Online; Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Chairman and CEO of J.E. Robert Companies; Stephen W. Porter, Senior Partner at Arnold & Porter; and Paul Wolff, Senior Partner at Williams & Connolly.

We will draw on all the diverse strengths of the Nation's Capital. We are committed to expanding the ownership with those who share our passion for this city and our loyalty to this community.


To continue our long-standing commitment to the community, we are establishing a foundation whose mission will be to revitalize youth baseball and softball in Washington DC. The focus of the foundation will be to restore, build and improve baseball and softball fields and provide much-needed equipment and uniforms to teams.


We want the community to feel it is an integral part of our team. To that end, WBC is dedicated to providing a full range of opportunities for citizens.

We are committed to hiring a majority of our employees - from the front office to batboys and batgirls - from the District. A ball club will not only provide baseball-related jobs but also skills and training for jobs in other industries.

Moreover, a baseball team here will stimulate economic activity, create new jobs and increase tax revenues. Baseball means business in Washington, D.C.


Our goal is not to just own a team, but to use baseball as a key for the economic revitalization of the District. We plan to make the baseball team a major part of the social and economic fabric of this city.

As members of this community, we strongly feel Washington is a terrific place for a baseball team - good for the city, good for major league baseball, and thus good for Washington.

For further information, go to our website - www.baseballindc.com
Please contact us with any questions, comments, or suggestions:

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Major League Baseball Park Site Evaluation Project Ballpark Planning Principles Worksheet 
June 18, 2002

Please designate your choices and write your comments.

1. Plan a seating capacity appropriate to the market - don't overbuild. 

Implied Site Selection Criteria: A ten- to fifteen-acre site
Shape to accommodate 35,000-45,000 capacity

2. Locate contiguous to promising development districts.

Implied Site Selection Criteria: Adjacency to developable parcels
Pedestrian access from employment and/or residential areas

3. Locate to take advantage of unique Landmarks or civic treasures. 

Implied Site Selection Criteria: View of / proximity to national monuments
Waterfront / other aesthetic opportunities

4. Choose a location oriented toward existing and planned future transit opportunities.

Implied Site Selection Criteria: Proximity to Metro
Proximity to Highway and Road Systems

5. Plan with respect for the city's street grid. 

Implied Site Selection Criteria: Site shape (proportions)
Potential orientation of ballpark (sun angles, views) 

6. Allow fan circulation and ancillary enterprises outside the building footprint.

Implied Site Selection Criteria: Visibility, arrival sequence and departure sequence 
Ballpark plan fit / potential for public spaces

7. Orient the ballpark to connect with urban conditions. 

Implied Site Selection Criteria: Vehicular circulation, service, and special parking
Relationship to surrounding land uses

8. Disperse parking to various garages and lots within walking distance off site. 

Implied Site Selection Criteria: Access to nearby garages
Access to nearby surface lots
Opportunities to develop garages/lots 

9. Master plan for positive and compatible collateral development in the area around the ballpark. 

Implied Site Selection Criteria: Zoning
Historic Preservation
Fine Arts and Governmental Requirements 

10. Plan for maximization of attendance and revenue opportunities.

Implied Site Selection Criteria: Accessibility from entire market area
Perception of Safety
11. Any other comments?

You may fax this evaluation form to 202-610-4471 or share your additional comments by calling 202-610-0005.

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