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* Today's the day that the Archdiocese of Washington is announcing the distribution of tickets for the April 17 Mass by Pope Benedict at Nationals Park to churches in the District and suburban Maryland. The Post reports on the pleas that church officials are receiving from parishioners desperate to get one of the hottest tickets in town. A spokeswoman says they've received nearly twice as many requests as there are tickets. There are even raffles where the winner gets a ticket to the Mass.
* Metro has decided to create a one-day "Pope Pass" for $9 for the estimated 25,000 Pope-goers who will be arriving at the ballpark on the subway. (Normally one-day subway passes can only be purchased after 9:30 am, but because of security concerns, those going to the Mass are going to be arriving much earlier than the 10 am start time.)
* Metro's board gave final approval to expanding the hours of the N22 bus route that runs between Union Station, Eastern Market, and the east entrance of the Navy Yard station at New Jersey and M. It will now run on evenings and weekends to help shuttle stadium-goers between those locations. And the board also gave final approval of some money-shuffling that will allow the closure of the Southeastern Bus Garage at Half and M. More on both of these items can be found in these two entries.
* And, in one final Metro item, the Post reports that council member Jim Graham says "he has been contacted by Washington Nationals representatives who wanted to know if the name of the Navy Yard Station could be changed to reflect the name of the corporation that buys the larger naming rights of the stadium." Answer? No way. Uh-uh. Nope. Forget it.
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Michael Perkins says: (2/29/08 9:52 AM)
WMATA should entertain the idea of changing the station name, but obtain a fee that reflects the cost of changing all the signs as well as a significant advertising royalty ($1M/year or something like that).


Tony Corbo says: (2/29/08 1:39 PM)
Look at all of the name changes that the Ravens stadium has gone through since it opened. Metro would have to hire a full time painter to keep up every time the sponsor's name changed. Metro can spend the money in better ways. I agree with Councilman Graham.


IMGoph says: (3/1/08 9:11 AM)
tony, i have to disagree with you. look at michael's comment above yours, that's the way to go. make sure that, if a deal is cut, that EVERYTIME a name change might come along, that the company paying for the naming rights would be obliged to immediately pay for upgrading ALL signage EVERYWHERE in the metro system. that way, we get new signage handled on the corporate dime, and they get the advertising they want. and of course, they'd be paying an advertising royalty in addition to their obligation to fix the signage.


Dave Carroll says: (3/2/08 3:37 PM)
If they do that with "The Phonebooth" then why not the Nats stadium?

Heck, I'm surprised we haven't seen more of this ... Something like,"Next stop, Judiciary Square Presented by Comcast."

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