The DC Sports and Entertainment Commission
is now saying (in Thursday's Washington Times
, "Ballpark estimates made without data on area, design
") that they were "forced to predict the cost in 2004 before knowing where the ballpark
would be built or what it would look like and that unforeseen delays contributed to rising costs that have pressured the city to stay under a $535 million budget. " But Mark Tuohey, chairman of DCSEC, is quoted as saying, "There are no cost overruns ... it's all manageable. We're going to build the stadium for $535 million." Jack Evans is quoted (again) about getting different designs (saying that he asked HOK Sport
for three designs, but got only one), but DC government official Stephen Green says that the "iconic" glass-stone-and-steel design
is not inherently too costly.