Friday, October 15, 2004

Tavares, council begin talks today

By Thom Loverro
Oct. 15, 2004

Tony Tavares, president of the former Montreal Expos/current Washington baseball team, will meet with members of the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission today to discuss how to proceed with the estimated $13 million worth of renovations needed to prepare RFK Stadium for baseball next season.

As Tavares arrived to begin local baseball operations, a local group hoping to purchase the relocated Expos urged fans to lobby city council members to support legislation to fund the proposed $430 million ballpark on the Anacostia waterfront.

Tavares, who arrived in town Tuesday night and is setting up shop temporarily at a local hotel, said the meeting today with city officials is to "discuss a schedule of priorities about what can be accomplished with the budgeted money [for RFK renovations]."

The president of the franchise, still owned by the 29 existing major league club owners, is proceeding with plans for marketing and ticket sales, despite opposition surfacing among some factions in the city against Mayor Anthony A. Williams' ballpark financing plan.

Read the entire article here on the Washington Times website.