July 9, 2020

D.C. United and city agree to new stadium initiative

Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. United Managing Partner Jason M. Levien, and several other officials formally announced Thursday morning plans to keep the Major League Soccer club in the city via a new stadium project to be built at Buzzard Point near the convergence of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, only a few blocks from Nationals Park – the home of the city’s baseball team.

The stadium would seat between 20,000 and 25,000 fans, and would open no sooner than 2016, according to plans illustrated on the United website. During the press conference, Mayor Gray stated that the stadium could be used for other events such as concerts and college & high school football games.

The announcement, which emanated from the proposed stadium site, and was carried live on Comcast SportsNet and streamed on the team’s website, offered the most realistic hope yet of United finally escaping 52-year-old RFK Stadium and moving into a more proper facility for decades to come.

“The quest for a soccer-first facility has been going on since the team’s inception,” said Mayor Gray to a gathering of media, club supporters, five City Council members, and city residents. “We look forward to United winning even more championships once they get into their brand new, state-of-the-art stadium.” [Read more…]

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