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MLS Stadium News: Atlanta will open with soccer, progress in DC, Miami

May 20, 2014, 10:52 AM EST

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Here’s a trio of interesting stadium stories from around MLS:

1) Arthur Blank gives soccer the honor

Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta MLS owner Arthur Blank is building a big, new, gorgeous stadium, and a whole bunch of folks help break ground on the facility on Monday (see above photo).

Blank is handing the honor of its first event to soccer.

2) DC United moves one step closer

It’s taken almost a year, but DC United and Buzzard Point officials have taken another step towards new digs.

From The Washington Post:

Nearly 10 months after announcing a tentative deal to build a 20,000-seat soccer stadium on Buzzard Point, District officials and D.C. United executives have nearly finalized an agreement, according to sources familiar with the discussions.

Despite months of delays and missed deadlines, the basic framework of the deal remains in place, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the discussions have not been made public.

3) Port Miami takes a backseat

The Miami-Beckham Fabulous Hair FC will take its next steps to building their park right in the Miami Heat’s neighborhood, near American Airlines Arena. This is not the Port Miami site which was considered the prime candidate for a while, but met some consternation from outside interests.

Mike Hernandez, a spokesman for (Miami mayor) Gimenez, said PortMiami could still be considered if the boat slip site falls through.

“The PortMiami site isn’t necessarily off the table,” he said. “It’s just Plan B.”

  1. thedeadlockvictim - May 20, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    4) And in New England…. .

    • hippiedippyweatherman - May 20, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      *Crickets*

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