The Washington Nationals' new ballpark is on pace to generate about $13.5 million in sales taxes for the District government in its inaugural season, well below the $16.1 million city officials had projected when the ballpark was under construction . . . The tax revenue and rent money are used by the city to help pay down debt on the stadium project near South Capitol Street and the Navy Yard in Southeast Washington . . .
. . . In 74 home games, the team has sold about 2.2 million tickets at Nationals Park, a game average of 29,261, which ranks them 19th out of 30 teams. If the Nationals continue on that pace, they will sell 2.4 million tickets this season.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Nats' Revenues Fall Short
Attention citizens of Miami, Minnesota, and Fremont: Please do not believe your public officials when they tell you that the stadium you are about to fund will pay for itself: