Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Mayor sure of ballpark support

By Eric Fisher and S.A. Miller

D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams said yesterday he is "very confident" that he has the seven necessary votes from the D.C. Council for his plan to build a ballpark near South Capitol Street Southeast.

Mr. Williams and numerous city sources said a frenetic, three-day lobbying campaign solidified enough political support to trump a rival plan for a ballpark at the grounds of RFK Stadium offered by council Chairman Linda W. Cropp.

The full council is set to vote on the measure today.

"I believe we have the votes," said Mr. Williams, who was flanked at a press conference by 19 local business leaders. "Neither one of us wants to kill baseball."

Major League Baseball (MLB) has threatened to walk out on its deal to relocate the team to the District if funding for the Southeast ballpark site is not obtained.

Read the entire article here on the Washington Times website.