WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Washington officials are offended that the Washington Nationals plan to celebrate their first season in a new city-funded stadium with two events in Maryland.
The "Dream Gala," a black tie fundraiser, is to be held at the Gaylord National, a new resort hotel on the Potomac River south of Washington in Prince George's County. The FanFest is planned for Bethesda, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
Last year, $36 million in Washington taxes was used to repay debt for Nationals Park, the team's new $611 million stadium, the newspaper said.
Nationals President Stan Kasten told the Post the Dream Foundation selected the Gaylord National because the hotel will not charge a fee. He said that means more money going to children in the District of Columbia, since the gala dinner raises funds for a program to teach children baseball.