DC Stadium Thought

DC Stadium Thought

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 8, 2009
  • 6 Comments
  • DC United Stadium

After the latest setback for the Black-and-Red and their stadium hopes, it makes me wonder if they will ever get a stadium of their own that isn’t RFK.

Just a random thought and question…will DCU ever leave RFK? One would hope they will but after all these setbacks and negative votes you have to wonder if the club will just have to figure out a way to make money in RFK instead of leaving it.

More than likey it is just back to the drawing board for potential stadium sites. But are there any good locations left?

  • Grunthos

    I tihnk the clearest thing that can be said is that the club will not remain in RFK. It's too big a millstone. That may mean another, probably suboptimal, site is identified and developed. It may mean that the club drops the SSS push and takes up a mixed-use line of attack. It may mean that Poplar Point gets revisited one more time. Or it may mean St. Louis United. I'd put about the same odds on each of those outcomes at this point.<br />
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    Mind you, if the powers that be allow DCU to walk out of here, then MLS will never see another minute, dime, or statement from me. I'm only one fan, so there's no way to make that a real message to the commissioner's office, but that bridge really will be burned, permanently. Not that the league will give a rat's ass.

  • Kevin

    Make it two, Grunthos. If MLS allows us to leave DC, I will officially become one of those guys who only watching Euro soccer and USMNT games. <br />
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    Separate thought, with regard to Drew's inquiry about the possibility of DCU making money at RFK:<br />
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    This can never happen. The DC government wants the Redskins back desperately, and look forward to shipping United out to make room for the 'Skins at a rebuilt, 95,000-seat RFK. This makes a lot of sense. Let's let the guys who have bent over backwards for this city go away, and disregard the fact that the DC area is one of the most pro-soccer areas in the US. <br />
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    So, basically, the DC government wants United out, but will not grant us land to build a stadium on. Land which is useless now, and would be an economic stimulus, creating thousands of jobs both short-term (construction, etc) and long-term. But, no, by all means, they should just give United no place to go. That'll get them out of DC quickly, allowing the precious Redskins to come back! <br />
    <br />
    Sorry for the tirade/rant/nonsensical babble, but this situation makes me extremely angry. The city gift-wrapped a brand spanking new gem of a stadium to the worst team in the MLB; a team that is also one of the worst attendance draws in the MLB, but refuses to let DC United PAY FOR A MAJORITY of a fractionally-priced SSS that would improve the lives of thousands, and save an area of DC that currently resembles a former battlefield.

  • Grunthos

    I tihnk the clearest thing that can be said is that the club will not remain in RFK. It’s too big a millstone. That may mean another, probably suboptimal, site is identified and developed. It may mean that the club drops the SSS push and takes up a mixed-use line of attack. It may mean that Poplar Point gets revisited one more time. Or it may mean St. Louis United. I’d put about the same odds on each of those outcomes at this point.

    Mind you, if the powers that be allow DCU to walk out of here, then MLS will never see another minute, dime, or statement from me. I’m only one fan, so there’s no way to make that a real message to the commissioner’s office, but that bridge really will be burned, permanently. Not that the league will give a rat’s ass.

  • Kevin

    Make it two, Grunthos. If MLS allows us to leave DC, I will officially become one of those guys who only watching Euro soccer and USMNT games.

    Separate thought, with regard to Drew’s inquiry about the possibility of DCU making money at RFK:

    This can never happen. The DC government wants the Redskins back desperately, and look forward to shipping United out to make room for the ‘Skins at a rebuilt, 95,000-seat RFK. This makes a lot of sense. Let’s let the guys who have bent over backwards for this city go away, and disregard the fact that the DC area is one of the most pro-soccer areas in the US.

    So, basically, the DC government wants United out, but will not grant us land to build a stadium on. Land which is useless now, and would be an economic stimulus, creating thousands of jobs both short-term (construction, etc) and long-term. But, no, by all means, they should just give United no place to go. That’ll get them out of DC quickly, allowing the precious Redskins to come back!

    Sorry for the tirade/rant/nonsensical babble, but this situation makes me extremely angry. The city gift-wrapped a brand spanking new gem of a stadium to the worst team in the MLB; a team that is also one of the worst attendance draws in the MLB, but refuses to let DC United PAY FOR A MAJORITY of a fractionally-priced SSS that would improve the lives of thousands, and save an area of DC that currently resembles a former battlefield.

  • Emilio

    I just saw a game at RFK<br />
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    IT was horrible

  • Emilio

    I just saw a game at RFK

    IT was horrible