United Possibly Moving To Maryland?

United Possibly Moving To Maryland?

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 12, 2009
  • 12 Comments
  • DC United Stadium, Popular Point Stadium, Prince George's County, Stadium Talk

Remember the Popular Point Stadium? Yeah, that project died a while back.

Now it appears that DC United could be moving their next door neighbor in Maryland and build a stadium in Prince George’s County.

According to Steve Goff, the club is going to partner up with the county and the state to build a stadium. The team and county leaders have scheduled a news conference Monday to announce that they will introduce a legislative bill in the state house authorizing United to move to the county and work with the Maryland Stadium Authority.

United is committed to building a 24,000 seat urban stadium in Prince George’s, MacFarlane told the Marylane legislators. He said the team is looking at three sites — two at the Morgan Blvd. Metro Station and one at the Largo Town Center Metro Station.

A source close to the team told the Washington Post that United “tried for two years with the city. I’m quite optisimtic about this happening, but we’ve got a long way to go before it becomes a reality. A million things could go wrong, but everything looks good.”

Its still a bit early but at least the ball is actually rolling on this stadium project for once. As we all know DC is the club that needs new digs. Its a big wait and see for now but I’m okay with the club being out of DC if it means they get a stadium.

  • Kevin

    Two things are clear in this discussion:<br />
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    1. DC United needs a new stadium–RFK simply is not a soccer stadium and it is old.<br />
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    2. Having a stadium outside of DC is not a bad idea, but the team would be crazy to have it out by Largo or Morgan Blvd. The fan base for DC is in northern Virginia, DC itself, and Montgomery County. Largo and Morgan Blvd. are to the east of DC and just about as far from the bulk of the DC United fan base as they could get without leaving the DC Metro area.<br />
    <br />
    Of course, the decision-makers usually go wherever they can get the best deal and just assume the fans will follow. That strategy worked fine with the Redskins, but MLS is not the NFL…

  • Mrewers

    I understand the need for a stadium but this is awful. People simply will not go all the way to largo for soccer. Good luck filling the new stadium beyond half capacity.

  • Rik

    I don't see what the big deal is. I am pleased with the stadium potentially moving there. I drive 2 1/2 hours for every home game and I see no reason that another 30 minutes will stop me from seeing the team. Quit complaining about your 20 minutes more of commute. Its still on the metro line.

  • Kevin

    Two things are clear in this discussion:

    1. DC United needs a new stadium–RFK simply is not a soccer stadium and it is old.

    2. Having a stadium outside of DC is not a bad idea, but the team would be crazy to have it out by Largo or Morgan Blvd. The fan base for DC is in northern Virginia, DC itself, and Montgomery County. Largo and Morgan Blvd. are to the east of DC and just about as far from the bulk of the DC United fan base as they could get without leaving the DC Metro area.

    Of course, the decision-makers usually go wherever they can get the best deal and just assume the fans will follow. That strategy worked fine with the Redskins, but MLS is not the NFL…

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    decision-makers usually go wherever they can get the best deal

  • Mrewers

    I understand the need for a stadium but this is awful. People simply will not go all the way to largo for soccer. Good luck filling the new stadium beyond half capacity.

  • Rik

    I don’t see what the big deal is. I am pleased with the stadium potentially moving there. I drive 2 1/2 hours for every home game and I see no reason that another 30 minutes will stop me from seeing the team. Quit complaining about your 20 minutes more of commute. Its still on the metro line.

  • decision-makers usually go wherever they can get the best deal

  • TCompton

    The move really impacts weeknight games. It'll be much more difficult for fans from Virginia to travel to/from a stadium in PG County than it currently is at RFK. However, the same can be said for fans who rely on metro that live in DC and Maryland along the Red or Green lines. <br />
    <br />
    The complaining by United fans about the stadium being in Maryland is understandable, but that won't be the reason for any drop in attendance. United wants to build an Urban stadium. What they'll probably sacrifice in this endeavor (as they would at Poplar Point), is space designated for tailgating. They'll most likely have some, but the stadium, when combined with mixed use development, probably won't be surrounding by a large parking lot (think Verizon Center and National's Park). <br />
    <br />
    Additionally, United will work hard to make up their investment. This means that ticket prices will be raised from their current amounts $340 and $460 for Spectator and Premium, respectively, to somewhere around $500 and $600. I believe that every MLS team that has built a new stadium also saw an increase in concessions, with beers costing between $8 and $9. This will be particularly annoying to fans who already feel they're paying too much for the lack of amenities at RFK stadium.<br />
    <br />
    These inevitable price increases will probably play a larger role in a dip in attendance numbers than the PG location.

  • Match Fit USA

    Rik: I hope you're right. I think attendance will be ok, and I'm sure the team will come up with ways to entice the Virginians to make it out to PG. The problem with being at the mercy of the District, and now PG country, is that the location is bound to be less than ideal for at least some of the fans.

  • TCompton

    The move really impacts weeknight games. It’ll be much more difficult for fans from Virginia to travel to/from a stadium in PG County than it currently is at RFK. However, the same can be said for fans who rely on metro that live in DC and Maryland along the Red or Green lines.

    The complaining by United fans about the stadium being in Maryland is understandable, but that won’t be the reason for any drop in attendance. United wants to build an Urban stadium. What they’ll probably sacrifice in this endeavor (as they would at Poplar Point), is space designated for tailgating. They’ll most likely have some, but the stadium, when combined with mixed use development, probably won’t be surrounding by a large parking lot (think Verizon Center and National’s Park).

    Additionally, United will work hard to make up their investment. This means that ticket prices will be raised from their current amounts $340 and $460 for Spectator and Premium, respectively, to somewhere around $500 and $600. I believe that every MLS team that has built a new stadium also saw an increase in concessions, with beers costing between $8 and $9. This will be particularly annoying to fans who already feel they’re paying too much for the lack of amenities at RFK stadium.

    These inevitable price increases will probably play a larger role in a dip in attendance numbers than the PG location.

  • Rik: I hope you’re right. I think attendance will be ok, and I’m sure the team will come up with ways to entice the Virginians to make it out to PG. The problem with being at the mercy of the District, and now PG country, is that the location is bound to be less than ideal for at least some of the fans.