Selling Council, Fenty Nats Tix Could Net $500,000, Brown Says
With the standoff between the D.C. Council and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty over tickets to Nationals Park continuing, Council Member Kwame Brown (D-At large) introduced legislation today to auction off both the Council and the mayor's season's tickets to the park to the highest bidder.
Brown is calling his legislation "The People's Stadium Fund." If the legislation is approved, and the perks were actually sold, Brown said the money would be diverted to social and other city services. Brown said city lawmakers now have access to 80 season tickets and parking passes to the stadium, which he estimates could garner a half-million dollars on the auction block.
"People are losing their homes, people are losing their jobs, people are suffering and here we are talking about where tickets are in the District of Columbia," said Brown, whose bill is being cosponored by Council members David Catania (I-At large) and Michael Brown (I-At large). "This is the people's stadium. To have a situation where noone knows where the tickets are to a stadium people paid for...We are willing to auction that box off and give the money to well-needed people."
In an interview last night, Brown stepped up his criticism of Fenty, who many council members blame for the stalemate over the tickets.
"It is time for us to stop focusing on who gets and who doesn't get tickets, and the mayor being irresponsible and immature, and start focusing on the issues people care about," Brown said.
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