D.C. United Inching Closer To Stadium Deal

D.C. United Inching Closer To Stadium Deal

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 19, 2014

I feel like we’ve seen this before but for the first time this feels promising for D.C. United and their fans.

According to a report in the Washington Post on Monday, city officials and D.C. United executives are getting closer to finalizing an agreement to build a 20,000-seat stadium at the Buzzard Point site. The agreement would ultimately require approval by the D.C. Council.

The specifics of the deal continue to remain the same. The club would be responsible for the stadium’s construction and the city would provide the infrastructure improvements in and around the site. According to the report, United would also receive tax breaks (both sales and property), while the District would be entitled to future surcharges on tickets.

The city must still acquire the land to move forward with this agreement. The earliest that the Black-and-Red could start playing at this new stadium would be 2017.

In the end, I still remain the same line that I’ve been using for what feels like five or six years now with D.C. United and their stadium situation. Until I see a shovel in the ground and beams being raised, I won’t get overly excited by this news. Still, this one is fairly positive for the club and one that shouldn’t be taken too lightly. A lot of work still has to happen but at least something is moving forward here.