In the spring of 2002, the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission, the D.C. Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and the Washington
Baseball Club commissioned EE&K to lead a team of consultants to identify and evaluate potential sites for a Major League Baseball stadium in the District of Columbia. The team completed a comprehensive review of all possible sites in the city that could be considered for a ballpark.
After the review of the initial group of thirty- two potential sites and the winnowing down of that list to five sites, EE&K helped the city to understand how the final two preferred sites offer the greatest potential for economic development associated with a new ballpark district.
The final two preferred sites—M Street SE and the New York Avenue Metro—offer the greatest potential for new office, hotel and residential development, great public spaces, and views of the monumental skyline of Washington, DC.
The ballpark at M Street SE is part of the new Anacostia River waterfront and marina and is the southern gateway to the city from South Capitol Street The ballpark site at the New York Avenue Metro station is the eastern gateway to the downtown and within easy walking distance of the
downtown, Union Station and the US Capitol.