Monday, March 12, 2012

DC United Stadium Proposal

There’s an article in this week’s Capital Business about plans for a possible Buzzard Point stadium for DC United that were developed back in 2010 by Dallas-based architecture firm HKS.  A map in the article shows the footprint of the proposed stadium site, which covers only a small portion of the 100 V Street site owned by Akridge (the southern block of the 100 V Street site is slated for a velodrome - at least temporarily). There would also be other amenities in the area to make the Potomac Avenue corridor an entertainment district linking the Buzzard Point stadium and Nationals Park, similar to some ideas floated last year on this blog.  Here’s a snippet from the article about the plan:
The stadium would have team offices, a club venue and underground parking. A public plaza, shopping, ticketing center and theater would line Half Street SW. The planners included images from outside other famous sporting venues, including Boston’s Fenway Park, San Diego’s Petco Park and Flushing Meadows in New York City.
There’s also an unnamed source in the Gray administration mentioned in the article stating the city might be willing to pay for new infrastructure if the team can finance construction of the stadium.  Back in November, Mayor Gray stated at a SWNA meeting his support for DC United remaining in DC, but said the city didn’t have the money to build the team a new stadium. In addition, the City Council passed a resolution last week stating their support for the team staying in DC.  More details about what’s primarily been behind-the-scenes negotiation between the city and the team will probably emerge in the coming weeks and months, but the perceived tone between the two sides has improved since last year when there was chatter about the team moving to Baltimore.

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