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D.C. United announce plans for new stadium to be completed by 2016

Jul 25, 2013, 5:37 PM EDT

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Washington mayor Vincent Gray announced Thursday a $300 million public-private agreement for a new soccer stadium in the Buzzard Point area of D.C.

This moment has been long-awaited by United fans, ever since the club was bought a year ago by the trio of Erick Thohir, Jason Levien, and William Chang.

The stadium will seat between 20-25,000 people depending on how much room for expansion they decide to leave, and the cost will be split evenly between the club and the city government.  The club will pay for the construction of the stadium itself, while the government will take care of land acquisition and infrastructure costs.  The stadium is scheduled to open for the 2016 season.

The deal also includes the option for the club to develop restaurants, shops, and even a hotel around the area of the stadium.

Currently housed in the dilapidated RFK Stadium, fans have been buzzing about the strong possibility of a new venue since the club’s purchase last year, with Chang announcing “we are much stronger financially to be able to find a permanent home for ourselves” at the time of the transaction.

“We are proud to say that D.C. United has achieved a major milestone towards establishing a permanent, state-of-the-art home in Washington, D.C.,” Levien said in a statement issued by the club. “This is a significant step forward, and we are going to continue to work diligently and collaboratively with the Mayor’s office and the D.C. Council to expedite this process and make this stadium a reality.”

For many United fans who remember the failed attempts by Victor MacFarlane to bring the club a venue of its own, this is welcome news indeed.

The mayor also said for the city, it’s not simply about D.C. United. The stadium is the final piece in the area’s Anacostia Waterfront puzzle that should bring new life to the region.

“The new soccer stadium is the final piece in the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative puzzle that, when complete will create the most vibrant and sustainable sports-and-retail district in America” said Gray.

There is no set design yet for the stadium, but the club did release some concept art, including the one pictured above.

  1. talgrath - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    So is this actually a sure thing, or is it still up for a vote? About once a season it seems we hear rumors of DC United getting a new stadium somewhere in the DC area and that never seems to pan out.

  2. Kyle Bonn - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    It would appear to be a sure thing!

  3. novisaddude - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    I would like to point that, while this is the closest United has ever been to a stadium deal, it is still not a done deal. There are a lot of things which need to happen, including finalizing deals with two other land owners on the proposed site, as well as the approval of everything by the City Council.

    According to the framework agreement signed by the DC and DCU today, DC has by the end of this year to finalize the land acquisition. Once that happens, things will really be able to move forward. Until then, cautious optimism.

  4. cherry314 - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Even though I’m a Red Bulls fan I really hope this happens. This league isn’t big or strong enough for schadenfreude when it comes to stadium issues.

  5. jrocknstuff - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    We’re getting really close. It finally looks like this is going to happen. The United are even announcing the new stadium on their facebook page. I just hope the next mayor is as on-board with it as Grey is

  6. jpan007 - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Congrats DC United!

  7. hildezero - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    It’s a very nice stadium, but it should be at least a 25,000 seat stadium so they can give US Soccer a chance to host most of their home games.

  8. mvktr2 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” – Benito Mussolini

    “a $300 million public-private agreement for a new soccer stadium” is the only part that matters to me.

    This crap disgust me to no end and it’s frankly enough to force me to quit watching MLS. Free markets work (capitalism) yet this nation hasn’t had anything that looks like capitalism since the dawn of the industrial age. Corporatism is disgusting and immoral. I’m happy DCU is getting a new stadium. I simply wish their billionaire owner wasn’t such a thieving bag of burning excrement as to build a stadium with money coercively taken via taxes levied against people whom can’t afford new shoes or health insurance.

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