- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 6, 2009
- 6 Comments
- Baltimore, DC United Stadium
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.