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The road to new stadiums is rarely smooth.

District government officials, at a D.C. Council meeting this week, defended Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plan to bring a new sports and entertainment facility to Southeast D.C., one that carries a $50 million price tag.

They also said they had committed to pay for any cost overruns for the 5,000-seat venue that would serve as a practice facility for the Wizards and the home of the Mystics, The Washington Post reports, and that they’re still negotiating pieces of the agreement despite deadlines that have already been missed.

Council members expressed support for the plan, but did raise concerns. Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) supported the plan, but wanted to know why D.C. had pledged to pay for such a large percentage of the project (taxpayers will pay up to $50 million, with teams owner Monumental Sports & Entertainment paying $4.5 million).

 D.C. Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner says the District sees the project as something that’s going to anchor a spur in development there, creating both tax revenue and jobs.

“This is something that we think is going to be much larger than just something for the Wizards and Mystics,” Kenner said.

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