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Garber: D.C. United must find stadium solution
by Paul Kennedy, January 13th, 2011 2:50PM

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[MLS] With Baltimore -- and the NSCAA Convention -- as the backdrop of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft and fans chanting "Baltimore United," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said a solution to the D.C. United stadium situation was needed soon.

United still plays at antiquated RFK Stadium and efforts to build a stadium in the District or in the surrounding counties have been rebuffed.

A feasibility study has been conducted about building a soccer stadium in Baltimore.

"The team is called D.C. United," said Garber. "They don't have a stadium solution. They need one. They've had very positive discussions here in Baltimore and, if these guys can deliver the right kind of facility, I am sure [owner] Will Chang and [club president] Kevin Payne will look hard at a potential stadium solution. They must have a solution because what they have right now is not working. We've been saying that for years and at some point, they are going to reach the breaking point. I am not saying that is happening tomorrow, but it will happen at some point. We've got to work hard to find an alternative to what is now, which is no alternative in D.C."



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  1. Kenneth Barr
    commented on: January 14, 2011 at 8:44 a.m.
    Moving DC United, which has a rich history, to Baltimore should not be an option. RFK Stadium could be renovated with a capacity reduction.

  1. Douglas Smith
    commented on: January 14, 2011 at 9:01 a.m.
    Note that those were NYRB fans chanting "Baltimore United" -- not United fans!

  1. Heather Scott-molleda
    commented on: January 14, 2011 at 9:12 a.m.
    Kenneth is absolutely right. The RFK site is perfect - spacious, plenty of parking and critical Metro access! - so tear it down and rebuild! Use a local college facility in the meanwhile. Or if you must, build in a parking lot and tear the old stadium down later.

  1. Chris Paul
    commented on: January 14, 2011 at 11:11 a.m.
    1) Guys, RFK is owned by the DC Sports and Entertainment group, and DC United has no rights to the land, and pays $2-3 million a year in rent, in addition to the costs of running it. 2) It has no possibility of renovation, because the building is entirely concrete, and the electrical system is 50 years old. The only renovation possible is to knock it all down. Part of the stadium have broken off under fans feet in recent years.

  1. Kevin Leahy
    commented on: January 14, 2011 at 9:57 p.m.
    Having held season tickets since day one, I understand the feelings of everyone involved. The stadium is not viable for the club. I believe the regular fan base is split between Maryland and Virginia. I am alright coming from Baltimore to Washington but, I am not thrilled with the idea of going into N. Virginia. The place has out lived it's usefulness. I believe that the team will end up wherever they can get a stadium. I just hope it is close enough for me to still enjoy them!


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