Sunday, January 16, 2011

D.C. United Focuses on Buzzard Point as a Potential Stadium Site

In this week's Capital Business, there's an article about DC United's renewed push to get a new soccer stadium built in the District. According to the article, a leading contender is the 100 V Street site in Buzzard Point. From the article:

Last fall, Akridge President Matt Klein and D.C. Council Member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) discussed the site, which is largely used for parking now. Wells said last week that he isn't sure how a stadium would be financed, particularly with the city facing an expected $400 million-plus budget shortfall next year, but that a stadium on Buzzards Point would enliven the neighborhood. The Akridge property is between First and Second and R and V streets SW, a neighborhood that has seen little new development. "It's an area that really could be a great place for soccer, but also a great place to have more commerce and retail on the west side of South Capitol," Wells said.

There was talk a year and a half ago about that site potentially becoming a stadium for United. Also in the running is a site at the Capital City Market in NE, and in recent months, Baltimore has expressed interest in having the team move to that city. The 100 V Street site is a 9-acre site three blocks long and one block wide. It seems a bit narrow to build a soccer stadium, but I'm not an architect. A couple of streetcar routes are planned to run to Buzzard Point, which could help with accessibility to the proposed stadium if one gets built in the neighborhood.

Update: NBC 4 also has a story about the stadium, as well as DCist, the Examiner, and Greater Greater Washington.

5 comments:

otavio said...

It looks as if a rectangular soccer stadium would have to be built on this site.

The Melbourne Rectangular Stadium comes to mind as an example. A rudimentary look at the width of the Akridge site on Google Maps places it around 420 ft wide by maybe around 1000 ft long.

The field of a soccer-specific stadium, using FIFA standards, can be between 100 and 110 yards long (300 ft to 330 ft) and 70 to 80 yards wide (210 ft to 240 ft).

As with the Poplar Point proposal, there would probably be a desire for an approximately 24,000-seat stadium. It'll be interesting to see what the architects come up with if the Akridge site is ultimately selected.

Anonymous said...

I'm all for improving that part of southwest and the streets that surround the area.

Anonymous said...

This is definitely possible. The famous Boca Juniors in Argentina have a 40,000 capacity stadium w/ those same dimensions, as does Tottenham in London. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estadio_Alberto_J._Armando

Johnny Panic said...

"Wells said last week that he isn't sure how a stadium would be financed, particularly with the city facing an expected $400 million-plus budget shortfall next year,"

Ugh, If the stadium can not finance itself based on patrons it's not needed
I'll never get it people scream bloody murder about welfare and health care
but then fund sports stadiums, which in the history of time have never improved an area
check out this video for facts
http://reason.tv/video.php?id=433

PostIt said...

"If the stadium can not finance itself based on patrons it's not needed"

Why does it always need to be about money? Does maintenance of local pride or traditions matter at all?

There are a lot of important public amentities that would not be self-sustaining through patrons' fees alone: Smithsonian museums, memorials on the Mall -- even Arena Stage depends on private donations to stay afloat (above and beyond ticket sales). Just because something is not self-sufficient doesn't mean it's not an improvement on the vacant parking lots sitting there right now.