Environmentalists: Nats' Advertiser Strikes Out
Nationals Park has been the subject of a number of protests--mostly from activists angry that the District used city money to pay for the $611 million-plus project. This Friday, a coalition of environmentalists will rally at the ballpark at 11 a.m. to voice objections to one of the team's biggest advertisers: ExxonMobil. The event is being staged by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and Oil Change International, a collection of organizations who said the Nationals, whose ballpark is certified as a "green building," should not accept advertising from the international oil giant. The coalition said that the oil company has a poor environmental record despite reaping high profits. Coalition members said in a news release that they want a pledge from the team that it will not award naming rights for the ballpark to ExxonMobil.
The protest will come on the day the Nationals open a nine-game homestand, and it will include a typical variety of stage props, in this case a seven-foot oil rig decorated with Nationals memorabilia and Exxon signs and polar bears wearing Nationals jerseys. Fans will be encouraged to boo during the 7th inning stretch, which is sponsored by ExxonMobil.
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