D.C. Council: outdoor hockey boosters
It's been a while since RFK Stadium has hosted hard-hitting professional athletes, but the D.C. Council has begun a campaign to change that, writes Post sports blogger Dan Steinberg on his D.C. Sports Bog:
'm already on the record saying that, barring a Stanley Cup final or Redskins NFC championship game, a Penguins-Caps Winter Classic at either Nats Park or RFK Stadium would be the best D.C. sporting event of 2011.
The D.C. Council apparently agrees. According to a resolution introduced by Muriel Bowser on Tuesday, and signed by (among others) Marion Barry, the Council believes that:
"Hosting the National Hockey League's Winter Classic would be most advantageous for the District of Columbia."
And also that:
"The District of Columbia is the best city to host the Winter Classic, because it is our nation's capital, a world renowned city, a historic city, and a city with a strong hockey fan base."
Anyhow, the resolution contains interesting numbers galore; the Council says that an NBC poll shows 89 percent of (Washington sports fans?) are in favor of the Winter Classic coming to D.C., and that the District could "easily top" the attendance at Fenway Park since Nats Park (41,888) and RFK (46,000) both have larger capacities, and that "this winter shows that the District of Columbia has a winter climate that compares with any other city in the Northeast."
(Hold on, is this actually a joke? Is the Council really arguing that D.C.'s winter climate, on a year-to-year basis, compares with the climate in Syracuse? Did they outsource their writing responsibilities to the New York Post?)
(Also, the Council says we could "accommodate the largest crowd in the history of the Winter Classic." Since the 2008 game in Buffalo drew 71,217, I suppose D.C. would need simultaneous games or something. But we're creative here, we can do it.)
Read the full post at Dan Steinberg's D.C. Sports Bog.
Christopher Dean Hopkins
March 4, 2010; 4:20 PM ET
Categories: D.C. Council
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