Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) - D.C. United and Washington, D.C. Mayor
Vincent Gray announced Thursday the signing of a $300 million public-private
partnership to build a 20-25,000-seat soccer stadium in the Buzzard Point area
of the city.
"We are proud to say that D.C. United has achieved a major milestone towards
establishing a permanent, state-of-the-art home in Washington, D.C.," United
managing partner Jason Levien said in a club statement. "This is a significant
step forward, and we are going to continue to work diligently and
collaboratively with the Mayor's office and the D.C. Council to expedite this
process and make this stadium a reality."
The costs of the project will be split evenly between United and the D.C.
government with the city funding the land acquisition and infrastructure
costs while the club pays for the construction of the stadium itself.
"This is an exciting plan that moves the District forward in two areas about
which I'm passionate - economic development, particularly in the East End of
the District, and sports," said Gray. "The new soccer stadium is the final
piece in the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative puzzle that, when complete will
create the most vibrant and sustainable sports-and-retail district in
The deal ends United's decade-long hunt for a new stadium, which had been
offset numerous times for various different reasons throughout the club's
tenure at RFK Stadium. D.C. United has not yet finalized the design of the new
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