There's an article in The Washington Post announcing that the Washington Kastles World Team Tennis organization has made the decision to move to the Southwest Waterfront, and it sounds like the move will be permanent. Back in December, the developers of the Southwest Waterfront mentioned at the ANC 6D meeting that they were in negotiations with the Kastles to move their stadium to the site of the former Hogates building, which was torn down in January by the city. From the article:
Construction is expected to start in coming weeks on a temporary facility, which is expected to cost about $10 million to build and operate for two years, [Kastles owner Mark] Ein said. Like the Kastles' former stadium, the new venue will have grandstands on all four sides, with openings at each corner. The openings will offer views of the waterfront and skyline. The seating capacity will remain roughly the same, 2,700 to 3,000, with a range of ticket prices. The stadium will be available to host other events after the Kastles' season, which runs July 4-24 this year. As existing structures are demolished along the waterfront in coming years, the Kastles could move to a stadium erected a bit farther east, or they might play indoors at a 4,000-seat music hall that Hoffman plans to build...Fans in premium seats will be able to have food and drinks delivered at courtside, and the venue will be ringed with
concession stands. In keeping with the WTT's fan-friendly ethos, the area around the stadium will have family-oriented activities, such as "QuickStart" tennis, in which children play on smaller courts and hit oversized balls; face-painting; a moon bounce; and an autograph zone where fans can collect players' signatures after matches.
Some of the other events planned for the stadium that's mentioned in the article include food cook-offs, arts festivals, beach volleyball games, and concerts.
Get ready for some celebrity sightings along the waterfront this summer, including the Williams sisters, John McEnroe, and Anna Kournikova.
Update: There will be a press conference announcing the move at the former Hogates site on Monday morning at 11am.