Baltimore Mayor Considering Building DC A Stadium

Baltimore Mayor Considering Building DC A Stadium

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 6, 2009
  • 6 Comments
  • Baltimore, DC United Stadium
M&T Bank hosting the World Football Challenge this summer.

M&T Bank hosting the World Football Challenge this summer.

Talk about a potential shocker. Baltimore’s mayor has sent a letter to the Maryland Stadium Authority to look into possibly building a soccer stadium for DC United.

The city became a bit more interested in the project after this summer’s soccer tour that saw a game at the 71,000-seat M&T Bank Stadium for AC Milan and Chelsea.

“There was a significant amount of momentum built from that game,” he said, noting D.C. United’s interest in building a new stadium. “We’re making sure we’re not leaving any stone unturned.”

Millard said the city has not had any discussions with the United. A feasibility study for a Prince George’s stadium found it would generate between $65 million and $80 million a year in economic impact.

This could very well be a development that could reshape some things for this club. First of all it would probably mean the club would lose the DC name. Second of all it would probably mean they would lose a big chunk of their fan base that is located in Virginia. And lastly from what I’ve heard from a few in the region it would probably even mean some of the folks in Maryland would also stop supporting the club as well.

Now I’ve always been a bit curious about Baltimore as a potential MLS city but I don’t see moving DC United there as a way to test it out.

I want a stadium for the club as badly as their fans do but I don’t know if this is the perfect solution. Should the league and the club go for it if it is the only offer on the table? Sure but you have to think it will certainly harm this deep fan base.

  • TCompton

    The only way this happens is if DC United and League owners decide that DC United can no longer exist in the DC Market and look to the move the team to another city. In which case, the League would have to determine whether Baltimore fits their growth plan or whether moving the team to one of the previously mentioned cities (e.g., St. Louis, Atlanta, Nashville, etc.).<br />
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    I doubt it happens, and I doubt that the Maryland Stadium Authority would come up with similar figures if the team were to move to Baltimore. The PG County plan placed the stadium within the Beltway and one a metro line. <br />
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    As long as the team continues to suck, support for building a new stadium will never be found. And even then, if the economy doesn't rebound to a level that DC United/MLS decides it can afford to fund a significant majority of the stadium, I don't think we'll see it happen.<br />
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    It's not like the team can leverage the 2018/2022 World Cup bid as incentive because a 30K seat stadium will be overlooked in favor of FedEx or M&amp;T Bank Stadiums.

  • TCompton

    The only way this happens is if DC United and League owners decide that DC United can no longer exist in the DC Market and look to the move the team to another city. In which case, the League would have to determine whether Baltimore fits their growth plan or whether moving the team to one of the previously mentioned cities (e.g., St. Louis, Atlanta, Nashville, etc.).

    I doubt it happens, and I doubt that the Maryland Stadium Authority would come up with similar figures if the team were to move to Baltimore. The PG County plan placed the stadium within the Beltway and one a metro line.

    As long as the team continues to suck, support for building a new stadium will never be found. And even then, if the economy doesn’t rebound to a level that DC United/MLS decides it can afford to fund a significant majority of the stadium, I don’t think we’ll see it happen.

    It’s not like the team can leverage the 2018/2022 World Cup bid as incentive because a 30K seat stadium will be overlooked in favor of FedEx or M&T Bank Stadiums.

  • Joseph

    &quot;Sure but you have to think it will certainly harm this deep fan base.&quot;<br />
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    The DC area is hurting its own fanbase; if I were them I'd be really pissed at the whole situation. Especially after some counties were interested in looking into it, then stopped short of even a study of the possibilities. I think it's a good move on Baltimore's part. A city like that should be looking for ways to get people into it. I'd certainly rather see them move to Baltimore than St. Louis or Nashville. An hour away from DC is still better than moving to a non-VA or MD state.

  • puget sfc

    could they Be-more un-United? I know DC is a hard area for pro sports, except for the Redskins, that is. But come on, can't they find something in the area?<br />
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    Can somebody please explain to me how they got an MLB team and a brand new stadium, but can't get a SSS for a team that has been there for more than a decade?<br />
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    p.s. those rumbles you hear are the support struts for RFK, man that place is a hole, there is ivy and stuff growing in and around the upper deck seats.

  • Joseph

    “Sure but you have to think it will certainly harm this deep fan base.”

    The DC area is hurting its own fanbase; if I were them I’d be really pissed at the whole situation. Especially after some counties were interested in looking into it, then stopped short of even a study of the possibilities. I think it’s a good move on Baltimore’s part. A city like that should be looking for ways to get people into it. I’d certainly rather see them move to Baltimore than St. Louis or Nashville. An hour away from DC is still better than moving to a non-VA or MD state.

  • puget sfc

    could they Be-more un-United? I know DC is a hard area for pro sports, except for the Redskins, that is. But come on, can’t they find something in the area?

    Can somebody please explain to me how they got an MLB team and a brand new stadium, but can’t get a SSS for a team that has been there for more than a decade?

    p.s. those rumbles you hear are the support struts for RFK, man that place is a hole, there is ivy and stuff growing in and around the upper deck seats.