D.C. United Stadium
|D.C. United Stadium|
|Construction cost||$180 million–$195 million|
|D.C. United (MLS)|
D.C. United Stadium is an informal name that has been given for several soccer-specific stadium sites in the Washington, D.C. area. Ever since the initial proposal in 2006, D.C. United has had two additional stadium proposals that have failed to form. The present proposal is a stadium in Buzzard Point, seating an unconfirmed amount of people.
The first proposal, colloquially known as "Poplar Point Stadium" would have been built in the new Poplar Point neighborhood, south of the Anacostia River, with the stadium overlooking Nationals Ballpark, the home ballpark for the Washington Nationals baseball team. The stadium, expected to seat 24,000–30,000, was to be part of mixed housing and development in one contractor's bid. That bid, however, stalled, when there were financial arguments as to how much of the stadium would be funded by the city, the contractors and the club itself. The initial proposal fell through in the summer of 2007. Despite the failed bid, then-mayor of D.C., Adrian Fenty opted to have a closed door meeting in February 2008 to discuss the city funding $150 million for the club. However, despite a short-lived renowned interest, when Council took recess in July 2008, the plan never was brought up, and ultimately failed.
After the failed first bid, the second stadium plan involved constructing a stadium in adjacent Prince George's County, Maryland. In mid-February 2009, United co-owner Victor MacFarlane, announced the club had been in discussions with the Prince George's County Board of Supervisors to discuss the possibility of a new stadium for the club. Two months later, the legislation for a new stadium failed to pass the board, leaving the club without a stadium plan.
Finally, after a two year wait, talks emerged in January 2011 about the possibility of unused land in Buzzard Point serving as the main ground for the club.
Originally, D.C. United proposed building a stadium at Poplar Point on the Anacostia riverfront in Washington, D.C. It would have been part of a planned 110-acre (0.45 km2) mixed-use development that would have included a hotel, offices, housing, and retail.
On July 21, 2007, the Washington Post reported that talks had stalled between the team and city officials. There were disputes over the financial arrangements proposed by the team, which would have the city providing $200 million in subsidies and development rights while the team assumed construction costs. In January 2008, the team announced it was looking at other possible sites in the area for construction of the new stadium.
On February 14, 2008, Washington, D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty suggested at a closed-door city council meeting that the city might offer as much as $150 million towards the costs of building a soccer stadium at Poplar Point. There was apparently renewed interest on the part of the city in providing public funds for the stadium at Poplar Point. However, in July 2008, the D.C. Council recessed without considering the proposed stadium plan.
Prince George's County
On April 7, 2009, the Prince George’s County Council voted to outline its concern to the Maryland General Assembly about a proposed state legislation that would authorize a feasibility study for the new stadium. The legislation stalled in the Statehouse and died without the support of the Prince George's Council.
On March 23, 2010, commissioner Don Garber criticized politicians of Washington, D.C. for how long it has taken to find D.C. United a permanent home stadium.
In October 2009, the Baltimore Sun reported that Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon has asked the Maryland Stadium Authority to explore the possibility of building a 17,000- to 20,000-seat soccer stadium that could serve as D.C. United's permanent home, as well as host concerts, lacrosse games and other events, to woo D.C. United to Baltimore. The proposed stadium complex, according to Dixon's letter, would be part of a "green mixed-use project" with access to light rail, Interstates 95 and 295. A potential location mentioned for the stadium is in the 42-acre (170,000 m2) Westport Waterfront project. A feasibility study has been commissioned by the Maryland Stadium Authority was expected to be released in December 2010.
In January 2011, it was reported that the club was looking into building a stadium in the Buzzard Point neighborhood in the city. The project, backed by the developing company Akridge, would be adjacent to Nationals Park and replace an old, underused parking lot in-between 1st and 2nd Streets SW.
Several months later, Akridge Properties published a website stating the potential use of the land. Both Akridge and D.C. Council have raised the possibility of the land being partially used for a new United stadium, but the club itself has declined to comment on such a stadium possibility. At the same time the team had considered a stadium at the current site of Capital City Market.
In 2012, United has organized potential new ownership and has a plan to meet again with city officials once their ownership situation is cleared. Buzzard Point is still their top option, as well as a dedication to remaining in Washington, D.C. (as evidenced by signing a two-year lease with the city to remain in RFK Stadium, and cutting off the top row of seats at the stadium for the first time in club history). United anticipates returning to their plan with no real target date for building or opening. Source 1 Source 2
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