Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Kevin Payne: New D.C. United stadium 'will happen'
Washington Post Soccer Insider, August 3rd, 2012 3:30AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

D.C. United President Kevin Payne's appearance on WAMU Radio's "Kojo Nnamdi Show" included his comments on the possibility of a new stadium, which Steven Goff transcribed on his Washington Post Soccer Insider Blog.

Finding a new home, Payne said, is "absolutely vital. It has to happen. We are not a sustainable business at RFK [Stadium], but it will happen. I am absolutely convinced of that, that we will end up with a home that is appropriate for our team and our fans. I think we will enter a new renaissance at that time. Right now it’s difficult for us to compete against some of the other teams in the league because we just don’t have the revenue opportunities at RFK. I think in the new building we will. ...

“We are talking to Baltimore and we are talking to D.C. People need to remember that [for several years], we were all struggling with a global financial collapse, the fallout and hangout which continues today. So it wasn’t the easiest time to be having conversations about a public-private partnership with the District. We are having very good conversations with the District now and I feel very encouraged. At the same time, we have been treated very respectfully by Baltimore and the Maryland Stadium Authority, and we’re having serious conversations with them as well. Our position is that we need to have a new stadium. For our business, that is something that has to happen.”

Demolishing RFK Stadium and rebuilding on that site is a longshot because: “It would be very complicated to tear down RFK. First of all, it’s very costly for any stadium structure to be torn down. It’s more complicated in the case of RFK because of its name. There are many people in Washington, D.C., who see it as a monument as much as they see it as a sports facility, so it’s a very complicated issue, and it’s not one that we’ve really explored very seriously. I don’t think it’s something in our future.”

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Aguirre Named Japan Coach     
Former Mexico coach Javier Aguirre on Thursday was appointed head coach of the Japanese national team, ...
Swans Sign Montero    
Swansea on Thursday signed Ecuadorian winger Jefferson Montero on a four-year deal from Mexican club Morelia. ...
Orlando City Admits Robinho Talks     
Orlando City owner Flavio Augusto da Silva revealed that the MLS club is in advanced talks ...
Piazon Heads to Frankfurt on Loan    
Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday signed Chelsea midfielder Lucas Piazon on a season-long loan. The Brazilian, 20, ...
Man City U21's Racism Claim to be Investigated    
The Croatian soccer federation (HNS) has said it will investigate Manchester City's claim that one of ...
Gareth Bale: La Liga Trumps English Premier League    
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale believes Spain's La Liga is superior to the English Premier League ...
Report: CAS Could Reduce Suarez Ban    
An unnamed source from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) tells Goal.com that Luis Suarez's ...
Spurs Signs Vorm, Davies; Swans Sign Sigurdsson    
Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday signed Dutch international goalkeeper Michel Vorm and Wales defender Ben Davies from ...
Stoke Signs Krkic From Barcelona    
Stoke City on Tuesday completed the signing of Bojan Krkic from Barcelona. Krkic, 23, became the ...
Report: Lampard Completes NYCFC Move     
Former Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has completed a move to new MLS franchise New York City ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives