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South Capitol Ballpark Coalition
Press Release on publicity campaign in favor of ballpark agreement
January 25, 2006




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South Capitol Ballpark Coalition Announces Public Campaign Urging City Council to Vote “Yes” on the South Capitol Ballpark

January 25, 2006

WASHINGTON--The South Capitol Ballpark Coalition – an ad-hoc coalition of area businesses, community organizations and the Washington Nationals Baseball Club - began a campaign today to educate District residents on the benefits of a new South Capitol Street baseball stadium and surrounding development projects in anticipation of the upcoming DC City Council vote. The campaign, which includes radio ads and mailings, will urge residents to contact the City Council and ask them to vote “yes” on the new stadium deal.

“The DC City Council has a critical decision to make,” said spokesperson Chip Smith. “The South Capitol ballpark is an investment in the District’s future. It will mean thousands of new jobs, millions of dollars in new tax revenue and potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in new development on the Anacostia Waterfront – doing for Southeast what the MCI Center did for downtown. It will also create a $450 million community fund, of which at least $125 million will go to our public schools.”

As part of the new campaign, the South Capitol Ballpark Coalition will be running radio ads, as well as sending out an informational mailer to DC residents across the city.

“The truth is there is a lot of misinformation out there about this deal. This campaign is aimed at giving people the facts so that collectively we can make an informed decision. This stadium will not take money from schools and neighborhoods – in fact, over time it will mean more money available to meet these priorities thanks to a growing tax base.”

“The bottom line is that the South Capitol ballpark is not just about baseball. It is about our city’s future. It’s a good deal for neighborhoods, for schools and for the city. The City Council should step up to the plate and vote ‘yes’ on the stadium deal,” Smith added.

About The South Capitol Ballpark Coalition

The South Capitol Ballpark Coalition includes: Washington Nationals Baseball Club; District of Columbia Building Industry Association; Monument Realty, Western Development Corporation; DC Convention and Tourism Corporation and The Board of Trade; Forest City Enterprises; the Restaurant Association of Greater Washington.

For more information, contact Chip Smith or Arik Ben-Zvi at 202-337-0808.

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