A demolition ceremony to make way for the new (tentatively named) D.C. United Stadium will be held on Monday, starting at 11am. Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. United representatives, and other dignitaries will be on hand for the demolition ceremony, to be held at 2nd and S streets in the stadium footprint. The District took ownership of the land for the stadium last year and is still dealing with eminent domain proceedings for a two-acre portion that was owned by Akridge. A PUD for the 20,000-seat stadium designed by Populous was filed in January and is making its way through the approvals process with the Zoning Commission.
At a Zoning Commission pubic meeting last month, the stadium design was described as “boring”, “austere” and “prison-like” by the Commissioners, so expect some revised drawings in the coming weeks. Once approvals have been secured and environmental remediation is complete, construction is expected to start around September with the stadium opening in time for the start of the 2018 MLS season in March.
Rendering courtesy of D.C. United