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In Saturday's Post, two very positive articles written by Tom Boswell about the new baseball stadium. The first, "Nationals Owners to Dig Even Deeper" on A1: "The owners of the Washington Nationals plan to spend at least $30 million to improve the city-financed ballpark under construction on the Southeast waterfront, according to Mark Lerner, son of principal owner Ted Lerner. In addition, after the park opens, the Lerner family plans to spend 'millions more each season to develop the park's personality,' Mark Lerner said. Lerner said the family will improve the main scoreboard and 'get it to HDTV-quality,' double the size of the outfield restaurant and place "an LED display on top of it," and increase the size of the board that shows scores of other baseball games. Club level suites will get sliding-glass windows and bathrooms, Lerner said." The article also emphasizes that the construction continues to be on-time and on-budget, and proceeding at a lightning pace. The second piece, a column called "On the Waterfront, Hope Beginning to Spring Eternal," Boswell fairly gushes about the stadium's progress, its location, and its potential to be one of the best stadiums in baseball. He also takes some swipes at the naysayers who predicted that there was no way the stadium could be finished on time and on budget. (Alas, he may be a bit overly optimistic about grand sweeping views of the Capitol still being possible once surrounding buildings get built.) Check my Stadium Construction Gallery (which I promise to update once the holidays are past and/or it stops raining, whichever comes first) to see the progress as of early December and how the neighborhood has changed. And of course there's the official Stadium Webcam if you want to see up-to-the-minute images.
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